Eli Lilly and Merck announced that they will start reporting payments they make to outside physicians beginning in 2009. Eli Lilly will list either the doctors' names or other identifying material and a reason why a payment was made, such as for speaking or consulting, in an online database. Merck will be disclosing speaking fees paid to doctors.

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