California Senate Passes Bill Banning Drug Company Gifts to Doctors

On May 18, the California Senate passed a bill that would ban pharmaceutical companies from giving gifts to doctors. The Senate voted 23-13 in favor of sending the bill to the Assembly. [1] For the bill, SB 790, California lawmakers used a similar 2009 Vermont law enacted in 2009 as a template. If the bill […]

Study Finds Pharma Reps Influence Doctor Prescription Decisions

Doctors at teaching hospitals are more likely to prescribe generic drugs over name-brand ones when pharmaceutical sales representatives are kept at bay, a study published in JAMA shows. [1] By comparison, doctors working in hospitals that don’t keep pharma sales reps on a short leash – freely accepting meals and gifts, and letting reps have free reign […]