Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Massachusetts goes voluntary

From the Boston Globe article:
A hotly-debated ban on drug companies providing gifts and meals to physicians was stripped out of proposed legislation a House committee approved late yesterday.

The panel also removed requirements that drug and medical device companies report payments they make to doctors for consulting and speaking to other physicians and that the Department of Public Health post that information on its website. A proposed $5,000 fine per violation was also dropped from the bill, which is expected to be voted on by the full House today.
Instead, the measure would simply require drug companies to adopt a marketing code of conduct, such as the one the pharmaceutical industry's trade association announced last week while negotiations on the Massachusetts bill were in progress.
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