Reports: Mass. House looks to kill gift ban

June 24, 2010 by MassDevice staff

Legislation circulating in the Mass. House of Representatives would kill the 2008 gift ban governing industry relationships with physicians.

Gift ban

An omnibus economic development bill wending its way through the Mass. House of Representatives would put paid to the Bay State's two-year-old "gift ban" governing the relationship between the medical device and pharmaceutical industries and physicians.

The gift ban, passed in 2008 and put into effect last year, was aimed at reducing the influence of Big Pharma and device makers over healthcare. It requires companies to report any cash gift of more than $50 to a public database and mandates outright bans on gifts like promotional pens, meals, tickets and other boondoggles.

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