Rallying to Limit Rx Industry

This lecture series highlights advocacy and policy experts who provide technical assistance and leadership development for physicians, residents, and medical students interested in conflict-of-interest reform efforts.
This lecture was recorded on December 19, 2012.
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Massachusetts Gift Ban Rules:
Rallying to Limit Industry Wining and Dining 

Speakers 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 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 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.

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)

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This event is 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.

The Partnership to Advance Conflict‐free Medical Education (PACME) is a joint project of the National Physicians Alliance,  the American Medical Student AssociationCommunity Catalyst, and the Pew Charitable Trusts designed to create both external and internal pressure for medical schools and academic medical centers to adopt strong new conflict-of-interest policies.

Learn more at NPAlliance.org/conflict-free