Please login to the form below

Not currently logged in
Email:
Password:

States push for gift reporting

New bills aim to tighten up how much pharma industry pays on incentives to health professionals

Several US states are considering laws that would require pharma firms to report publicly how much their sales representatives give to doctors, hospitals and pharmacists.

One bill currently under debate in Massachusetts would even go so far as to ban all gifts to medical professionals.

ìIf a doctor needs a Caribbean vacation or a mug or a pen, he or she is probably not very successful and needs to be in another business,î said state senator, Mark Montigny, who sponsored the bill.

Four states -Vermont, Minnesota, West Virginia and Maine - and the District of Columbia have laws requiring gift reporting by pharma firms, while California requires that firms declare they are compliant with federal and industry gift guidelines.

Most of the state proposals are aimed at reporting gifts to medical professionals, with some requiring disclosure of anything worth $25 or more. A few have also asked for information about pharma firms' advertising budgets.

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America, the US industry association, said it did not believe such laws are needed.

ìThis is heavily regulated by FDA (Food and Drug Administration), which controls what companies can say to physicians about drugs,î said Marjorie Powell, the organisation's general counsel. ìWe don't think there's a particular need for states to get involved."

2nd September 2008

Share

Subscribe to our email news alerts

PMHub

Add my company
Wiley

Wiley is a global leader in research and education. We clear the path for seekers of knowledge, leading the way...

Latest intelligence

The evolving healthcare advertising landscape
Industry experts share their insights on the emerging trends in healthcare advertising...
Clinical trial considerations: Why supporting HCPs matters...
When HCPs have the necessary information, they can more easily communicate it to patients using simplified language and a confident, calm tone....
Six ways to provide successful e-learning programs to healthcare professionals
Practical tips to setting up high-impact e-learning programs...