Mass. Health Panel OKs Free Meals From Drug, Device Makers

Law360, New York (November 26, 2012, 4:01 PM EST) -- Massachusetts regulators on Wednesday loosened restrictions on gifts that pharmaceutical corporations and medical device firms supply to health care practitioners, saying food and alcohol can be provided in conjunction with educational efforts.

The state Public Health Council, acting to implement code-of-conduct legislation passed earlier this year, said life sciences companies are permitted to provide “modest meals” to doctors as long as the focus stays on informational work and not entertainment.

The value of such meals will be defined by local standards and should square with what...
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