Drug makers in Canada disclose doctor payments as transparency debate heats up

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Ten of Canada’s largest pharmaceutical companies together made nearly $75-million in payments to doctors and health-care organizations last year, according to a voluntary disclosure effort that comes as two provinces prepare to force more transparency on the drug industry.

For the second year in a row, the Canadian branches of 10 brand-name drug companies released aggregate totals without naming doctors or revealing how many they paid to deliver speeches, sit on advisory boards or travel to international medical conferences...

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