NY gov wants ban on gifts to doctors

Share this article:
New York Gov. David Paterson is proposing legislation that would impose a ban on gifts to doctors and require physicians making presentations at CME events to disclose financial relationships with drug companies.

The legislation would ban gifts and payments from drug companies to physicians and other prescribers in excess of $50 per year, Paterson's office said in a May 15 news release. Violators would be fined. The gift ban exempts samples, discounts and “reasonable payments to physicians and other prescribers that are made in connection with bona fide research or educational activities,” which would have to be disclosed by both manufacturer and prescriber to the state Department of Health. The bill would also require pharmacy benefit managers to disclose information to health plans, doctors and payments.

“I believe that the vast majority of doctors and other prescribers work very hard to make appropriate decisions in the interest of serving their patients, but studies show that gifts can have an influence…on prescribing decisions,” Paterson said in a statement. “This legislation will allow practitioners to exercise their clinical judgment and make prescribing decisions free of this influence.”

The bill, which drew praise from consumer groups including Consumers Union, Citizen Action of New York and AARP, could mirror the ban that passed the Massachusetts Senate.
Share this article:
You must be a registered member of MMM to post a comment.
close

Next Article in Features

Email Newsletters

MM&M EBOOK: PATIENT ACCESS

Patient access to pharmaceuticals is a tale of two worlds—affordability has improved for the majority, while the minority is hampered by cost, distribution and red tape. To provide marketers with a well-rounded perspective, MM&M presents this e-book chock full of key insights. Click here to access it.

More in Features

Headliner: Ipsen head leads continental charge

Headliner: Ipsen head leads continental charge

"When I look at the business, I actually see patients in my mind. I don't see numbers."

Read the complete October 2014 Digital Edition

Read the complete October 2014 Digital Edition

Click the above link to access the complete Digital Edition of the October 2014 issue of MM&M, with all text, charts and pictures.

Predicting your pink slip

Predicting your pink slip

Any time a firm needs to save money, high-salaried executives are targets