Discuss the Fight to Protect the Massachusetts Gift Ban

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Avoiding Conflict-of-Interest in Medicine Leadership Development Call

Massachusetts Gift Ban Rules:
Rallying to Limit Industry Wining and Dining

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 at 9:00pm (EST)

Featured Speakers:

  • Alyssa R. Vangeli, JD, MPH
    Health Care For All – Health Insurance and Delivery System Policy Analyst
  • Mary Carol Jennings, MD
    National Physicians Alliance – Board of Directors
    American Medical Student Association – Past Jack Rutledge Legislative Director
  • David Tian, National Chair, AMSA PharmFree
    MD/MPP Candidate, Harvard Medical and Kennedy Schools (Graduating in May 2013)

Speakers will describe the Massachusetts Prescription Reform Coalition efforts to strengthen proposed regulations allowing “modest meals and refreshments” to be served during educational presentations sponsored by pharmaceutical and medical device companies. The Massachusetts 2008 gift ban law prohibited these companies from providing gifts, such as restaurant meals or entertainment, to doctors, nurses, and other health care providers, as part of industry marketing practices. The law was recently amended to allow drug and device companies to provide food and drinks at educational presentations outside of the hospital or office setting. Speakers will describe the MA gift ban law, efforts by the industry to weaken it and the status of the final rules allowing for the provision of meals and refreshments. They will also discuss their on-the-ground advocacy role as coalition members in working to strengthen the regulations to preserve the intent of the original law.

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NPA’s Bimonthly Conflict-free Leadership Calls are offered as part of the Partnership to Advance Conflict-free Medical Education (PACME). This partnership and related materials were made possible by a grant from the state Attorney General Consumer and Prescriber Education Grant Program which is funded by the multi-state settlement of consumer fraud claims regarding the marketing of the prescription drug Neurontin.