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Mass. House Proposes Lifting Ban On Industry Gifts to Doctors

BRIEF: House Proposes Lifting Ban On industry gifts to doctors [Boston Herald]

From Boston Herald (MA) (June 24, 2010)

June 24--The state’s controversial ban on gifts from pharmaceutical and medical-device firms to doctors would be eliminated under an economic-development package pushed the House Democrats.

The ban, which was passed by lawmakers two years ago, was intended to reduce the influence of pharmaceutical companies pitching their drug and medical equipment products to doctors.

But the life-sciences, hospitality and other industry groups have bitterly criticized the law, saying it’s harmed the convention business by imposing overly strict restrictions.

The ban would be nixed under the legislation being unveiled today by House Speaker Robert DeLeo.

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Posted: June 2010