``Eight pharmaceutical companies, including the nation's three largest, doled out more than $220 million last year to promotional speakers for their products, according to a ProPublica analysis of company data.
|Company||2010 Speaker Payments||2010 U.S. Sales|
|Johnson & Johnson||$11,712,900||$12.9 billion|
(Regular Medical Education is required to renew the medical license, Doctors need to attend seminars and take courses. However, in hundreds of hours of Medical Education I have attended, the speakers have not promoted any one drug in particular. Doctors pay to receive the medical education credits. MJ)