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New York governor pushes to ban drug-industry gifts to docs

Wall Street Journal Health Blog, January 26, 2010

In Gov. David Paterson's proposed New York state budget, he has included a push to restrict ties between doctors and drug companies. Several states have already moved in this direction, and Paterson's proposal is less restrictive than some, the Wall Street Journal Health Blog reports. Companies could be fined between $15,000 and $250,000 per violation, and docs and other healthcare professionals could be fined $5,000 to $10,000.