Med-tech lobbying spend keeps growing in Q3


Medical device industry lobbyists ramped up their spending during the 3rd quarter, dropping nearly $32 million on Washington in the 3 months ended Sept. 30.

The reports mark a continued incline for the industry’s spending on Capitol Hill, which hit nearly $28 million last quarter and $20 million in Q1.

The American Medical Assn. led the charge in Q3, doling out more than $7 million, up from last quarter’s $4.3 million.

Second in line was General Electric Co. (NYSE:GE) and its subsidiaries, including GE Healthcare, with $5.7 million. Last quarter the industry titan logged nearly $6.8 million in reported spending.

Coming in 3rd for the second quarter in a row, the Biotechnology Industry Organization spent $2.0 million in Q3, even with Q2. Novartis (NYSE:NVS) followed with $1.6 million, down from $1.9 million last quarter.

Med-tech giant Medtronic Inc. (NYSE:MDT) came in 5th, upping its lobbying spending to $1.3 million from last quarter’s $1.2 million.

Here’s a partial list of the medical device industry’s 4th-quarter lobbying spend – including a $428,480 contribution from industry advocate AdvaMed:

Medical Device Lobbying Spend
Q3 2011


American Medical Assn. $7,240,000.00
General Electric Co. (including subsidiaries) $5,650,000.00
Biotechnology Industry Organization $1,980,000.00
Novartis Co. (formerly Novartis) $1,631,812.00
Medtronic, Inc. $1,298,162.00
Siemens Co. $1,254,334.00
3M Company $1,240,000.00
Sanofi-aventis U.S. Inc. $1,100,000.00
Abbott Labs $890,000.00
Eisai Inc. $785,000.00
eHealth, Inc. $770,000.00
Davita Inc. $710,000.00
Cardinal Health, Inc. $670,000.00
Baxter Healthcare Assoc. $640,000.00
Covidien Inc. $490,000.00
Biogen, Idec $480,000.00
Philips Holding USA Inc. $450,000.00
Advanced Medical Technology Assn. $428,480.00
Boston Scientific Corp. $410,000.00
McKesson Corp. and its affiliat U.S. Oncology (formerly McKesson Corp.) $340,000.00
Invacare Corp. $280,000.00
Premier Inc. $270,000.00
Allergan Inc. $260,000.00
Edwards Lifesciences Corporation $250,000.00
Smith & Nephew, Inc. $230,000.00
Advanced BioHealing, A Shire Company $225,000.00
Quest Diagnostics Corp. $210,000.00
St. Jude Medical, Inc. $160,000.00
Alere Inc. $152,000.00
Hospira Inc. $150,000.00
Zimmer Inc. $147,775.00
Becton, Dickinson & Co. $130,000.00
Intuitive Surgical, Inc. $110,000.00
Welch Allyn $110,000.00
The Cook Group $100,000.00
Medical Device Manufacturers Assn. $90,000.00
Hill-Rom Holdings $70,000.00
American Orthotic & Prosthetic Assn. $53,950.00
Stryker Corp. $50,000.00
Assn. of Medical Device Reprocessors $20,000.00
TOTAL $31,526,513.00


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