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Ohio may require drugmakers to disclose gifts to doctors

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Ohio may become the next state to require drugmakers to report gifts they give to doctors, according to Pharmalot. However, the bill, which was introduced in the state Senate, effectively mirrors a provision of health care reform that is scheduled to go into effect in 2013. The Ohio legislation does not pertain to device makers.

The legislation would require drugmakers to submit annual reports showing the “value, nature and purpose” of any gift given to a doctor or other healthcare provider in connection with promoting or marketing a drug. There is a $25 cutoff for allowable gifts, while violations would cost up to $10,000 in fines.

The Ohio State Medical Association “supports transparency in this area as long as the responsibility for providing this transparency falls on the pharmaceutical industry, not physicians who are already burdened with far too many administrative hassles,” a spokesman told MedCity News.

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