Medical Manufacturer Grant Transparency
This site describes the grant behavior of Pharmaceutical and Medical Device Manufacturers to for-profit and non-profit organizations that are influential in product purchasing decisions throughout the medical industry. The subject of study was $2.2 billion in reported grants between Q1 2008 and Q2 2012 to more than 10,000 organizations and partnerships.
The primary finding is that of the more than 10,000 recipients of grants, just 400 of those recipients received more than 80% of the money and 50% of the grants. Secondary findings include results from mining the recipient names and grant descriptions for National Institutes of Health taxonomies that describe anatomy, diseases, medicine, and technology terms. By far the most funding was funneled to organizations that focus on cancer, followed by diabetes and heart diseases.
This Medical Manufacturer Grant Transparency data set exists as a companion piece to ProPublica's Dollars for Docs ( http://projects.propublica.org/docdollars/ ) campaign that revealed payments made directly to doctors from pharmaceutical manufacturers. The new data suggests that doctors have alternative intermediary organizations through which they accept money for continuing medical education and other types of support.