Dr. Drew Pinsky took $115,000 from pharmaceutical firm

Charles Seife tells me he’s been doing some work on pharmaceutical-company payments to physicians and recently came across an interesting name Dr. Drew Pinsky, host of VH1’s “Celebrity Rehab” and the nightly HLN show, “Dr. Drew.” Seife writes in an email:

Turns out he took roughly $115,000 from Janssen Pharmaceuticals in 2010 and 2011. Documentation:

$40,000 in 2011

$74,500 in 2010 (search for Pinsky… David D.)

Both payments are for “consulting.”

(And hat tip should go to the ProPublica DollarsForDocs database, which puts some of this info in an easier-to-read format.)

I asked Dr. Drew via twitter what the payments were for and whether they violated any conflict-of-interest rules at CNN.

I’ll let you know if I get any response.

UPDATE — A medical reporter emails me with her guess about the Janssen payment.