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Act Today To Protect Pharma/Med Device Gift Ban!

Act Today To Protect Pharma/Med Device Gift Ban!

July 7, 2010

The Gift Ban, which prevents drug and device companies from wining-and-dining doctors to get them to prescribe expensive brand-name drugs, is in jeopardy! The House will vote today a provision (section 105 of H. 4820), which would entirely repeal the gift ban and disclosure law by striking Chapter 111N. Please call your Representative today and ask them to support amendment #45, which will strike this provision. The Boston Globe calls the gift ban "one of the smartest steps Massachusetts has taken to get health costs under control."

• The gift ban prevents drug and medical devices companies from lavishing gifts upon and unduly influencing doctors to get them to prescribe brand-name drugs.

• Repealing this provision will gut a critical piece of Massachusetts’ cost containment efforts.

• The Gift Ban lowers overall health care costs for all of us.

We cannot take a step backward in containing health care costs.

-Georgia Maheras