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New Jersey targets doctor-drugmaker ties

Philadelphia Inquirer, December 14, 2009

New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram has recommended banning doctors licensed in the state from accepting gifts that don't directly benefit their patients, and requiring them to report consulting fees greater than $200. The recommendations are subject to further review, and it could take six months or more for the Board of Medical Examiners to amend the rules, according to a spokesman for the Division of Consumer Affairs. New Jersey has one of the nation's largest concentrations of pharmaceutical firms, and Milgram said she hoped the proposed rules would provide a model for other states, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.