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DPH Gives Green Light to Big Pharma’s Wining and Dining

By | Deirdre Cummings
Legislative Director

Regulators move will re-open door to drug companies' expensive and biased marketing schemes.

DPH Gives Green Light to Big Pharma’s Wining and Dining

Over the objections of a broad coalition of consumer, health care, physician and senior organizations the Public Health Council, voted this week to enact final regulations on meals provided by the drug and medical device industry to doctors and other prescribers. The regulations approved Wednesday, Nov. 21, defined  “modest” meals, as whatever a doctor would order on his or her own, opening the door for unlimited wining and dining of physicians by Big Pharma.

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Modest Means Modest

MASSPIRG voiced strong opposition to emergency regulations weakening the state’s prescription and medical device marketing law, specifically allowing drug companies to wine and dine doctors,  at today’s Department of Public Health hearing.

News Release | MASSPIRG | Health Care

Leading consumer, health care and senior and community advocates strong opposition to regulations approved today by the Department of Public Health.

Drug companies are free to ply doctors with lavish multi-course meals and drinks, paid for by pharmaceutical industry marketing budgets, and ultimately tacked on to the price of prescriptions

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Deirdre Cummings, legislative director for the nonprofit Massachusetts Public Interest Research Group, said that while premium increases have been moderating, businesses and individuals still haven’t felt sufficient relief after enduring a decade of soaring premiums.

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