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New Jersey clamps down on the relationship between doctors, industry

Wall Street Journal Health Blog, December 4, 2009

A report from the New Jersey Attorney General's office called for state agencies to create new rules that include barring doctors and their office staff from accepting food from drug companies and restrict the sale of "prescriber-identifiable" prescription data for commercial purposes. The rules would also require doctors who are renewing their licenses to disclose whether they accepted more than $200 worth of payments and/or gifts from industry during the preceding two years, and create a public database of the disclosures. Some of the recommendations could be enacted by the state's Board of Medical Examiners, while others would require the state to pass a new law.