Table 3

Characteristics of healthcare professionals receiving payments from Merck Serono and MSD, October 2015–April 2018

Merck SeronoMSD
No. of persons (%)No. of payments (%)Total payment value, $A (%)Median payment, $A (IQR)No. of persons (%)No. of payments (%)Total payment value, $A (%)Median payment, $A (IQR)
All healthcare professionals4737011 748 0091399 (670–3813)143025843 073 2881000 (600–2121)
Medical practitioners300 (63.4)436 (62.2)1 385 860 (79.3)1911 (700–5439)1035 (72.4)1988 (76.9)2 617 610 (85.2)1050 (625–2517)
 Obstetrics and gynaecology86 (18.2)136 (19.4)328 854 (18.8)2051 (1490–4693)112 (7.8)191 (7.4)208 165 (6.8)683 (363–1679)
Nurses146 (30.9)228 (32.5)297 043 (17.0)948 (524–1892)311 (21.7)471 (18.2)330 770 (10.8)764 (514–1260)
Other healthcare professionals*27 (5.7)37 (5.3)65 106 (3.7)1468 (950–2780)84 (5.9)125 (4.8)124 908 (4.1)886 (600–1597)
Fertility clinicians†118 (24.9)177 (25.2)403 800 (23.1)1921 (1155–4430)
Medical practitioners†89 (18.8)139 (19.8)343 833 (19.7)2006 (1447–4693)
 Obstetrics and gynaecology85 (18.0)135 (19.3)327 903 (18.8)2096 (1559–4693)106 (7.4)184 (7.1)201 793 (6.6)714 (363–1706)
 Reproductive endocrinology24 (5.1)45 (6.4)123 019 (7.0)4109 (1907–6006)23 (1.6)50 (1.9)67 691 (2.2)1706 (563–2762)
Nurses†18 (3.8)20 (2.9)22 519 (1.3)1050 (388–1892)
Embryologist/scientists‡10 (2.1)17 (2.4)37 079 (2.1)2032 (1468–4855)5 (0.3)5 (0.2)2542 (0.1)695 (77–793)
Other*1 (0.2)1 (0.1)368 (0.0)368
  • *Includes pharmacists, psychologists, social workers, physiotherapists, dietitians and others.

  • †Could not be determined for MSD.

  • ‡Includes lab managers, scientific directors, embryologists, andrologists and other executives.

  • MSD, Merck Sharp & Dohme.