An Army of pharma trips?


The Center for Public Integrity has analyzed 22,000 Pentagon travel disclosures — filed when an outside party pays for a trip taken by Department of Defense personnel. The finding that jumped out at both Anu and me:

The medical industry paid for more travel than any other single interest over $10 million for some 8,700 trips, or about 40 percent of all outside sponsored travel. Among the targets: military pharmacists, doctors, and others who administer the Pentagon’s $6 billion-plus annual budget for prescription drugs

I would have expected Defense contractors to be number one. I hope CPI follows up on it. In any case, the project shows what can be done when you dig into federal records.