Mass Legislature Reaches Compromise on Pharma Conduct
Yesterday, the Massachusetts House and Senate reached anticipated compromises on a widely discussed pharma-code bill, reports the Boston Globe. The drafted bill, which is expected to be approved and sent to the state governor this weekend, now requires the following:
- Companies will report any physician gifts exceeding $50 to the state’s Department of Public Health, and the DPH should post this information online for public access.
- The DPH will adopt something like the recently unveiled, voluntary PhRMA code, which bans branded trinkets and out-of-office meals with reps.
- A $5000 fine will be levied for each violation by pharma or medical-device companies.