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Prescription for concern

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CHATTANOOGA (Times Free Press)-- In the past two years, Tennessee doctors and other health professionals have pocketed more than $7.2 million in payments from pharmaceutical companies, often in exchange for speaking to colleagues about the uses and benefits of prescription drugs, according to a database compiled by investigative news nonprofit ProPublica.

Twenty-nine health professionals in Chattanooga were listed as receiving some level of money from drug companies, ranging from less than $1,000 to tens of thousands in payments.

One Chattanooga psychiatrist took in $126,522 in payments from pharmaceutical companies in the past two years, more than any other local doctor, according to the disclosures.

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