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Disciplined doctors receiving pharmaceutical funds
San Francisco Chronicle

About 48 of the more than 1,730 California doctors who received money from pharmaceutical companies over the past 21 months have been the subject of disciplinary action, a database compiled by the investigative news organization ProPublica found.

While that represents less than 3 percent of the California doctors who take pharmaceutical money, the fact that drug companies are paying those doctors – some of whom have multiple disciplinary actions – for their expertise calls into question how closely these companies vet the physicians who serve as the spokespeople for their drugs.