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Nasrallah, a psychiatrist, is an associate dean and professor at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Medicine, as well as the director of its schizophrenia program. According to a guest speaker biography for a University of Arizona psychopharmacology course, Nasrallah served at the chair of Ohio State University’s psychiatry department for 12 years. Reached by ProPublica, he declined to comment.

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Utah doctors paid $25.8 million by drug companies

Drug companies have made $25.8 million in payments to Utah doctors since 2009 for research, consulting, travel and entertainment — a common practice, the scope of which is only now becoming clear and causing uneasiness in medicine.

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John Osborne

Location: Grapevine, Texas

Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine

Medical School: Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, Class of 1990

Amount: $622,286

Companies: AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline, Johnson & Johnson, Eli Lilly, Merck, Novartis

John Osborne has a Ph.D. in cardiovascular physiology from Thomas Jefferson University. He completed postdoctoral training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He is the founder and director of State of the Heart Cardiology and is a faculty member at the University of Texas at Arlington. Osborne agreed to a Texas Medical Board order on Feb. 8, 2013, that assessed a $3,000 administrative penalty and subjected his practice to periodic review by an outside monitor. The order says a nurse in Osborne’s office prescribed medications for a patient who had not been examined by Osborne or his nurse practitioner. Osborne did not respond to requests for comment.


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Ronald Balkissoon

Location: Denver, Colo.

Medical School: McMaster University, Class of 1988

Amount: $613,612

Companies: AstraZeneca, Forest, GlaxoSmithKline, Novartis

Balkissoon specializes in pulmonary disease. He has served as an assistant professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Balkissoon has disclosed financial relationships with Boehringer Ingelheim and Genentech. He could not be reached for comment.

Rakesh Jain

Location: Lake Jackson, Texas

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