Canadian philosophy professor at Queen's University in Kingston, ON, Sergio Sismondo, was consulted on the matter. Sismondo maintained that the website will unveil some potentially astonishing figures, as industry documents released during US court proceedings have shown evidence of payments from industry to doctors for various services including consulting and speaking in excess of US$100,000.
With the new publicly accessible disclosure website, companies that fail to report a gift to a physician will be fined US$10,000, while knowingly omitting payment information to doctors could cost companies up to US$100,000.
Information on industry payments to physicians in Canada is limited or non-existent. Currently, in the United States, however, Propublica's "Dollars For Docs" site allows the public to find out how much money physicians (in the US) have received from industry. Much of the information on this site was kept secret, but has been made available by 15 companies as part of legal settlements.
Canada Lags on Transparency of Industry-Doctor Relationships
Propublica: Dollars for Docs