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Senate Bill to Include Device Makers

The New York Times reports that the Senate introduced a bill today aimed at tightening the rules surrounding payments and gifts to doctors. What is particularly interesting is that the article emphasizes that this bill includes medical device manufacturers. And, the list of gifts and benefits that must be diclosed is more comprehensive than any state measure introduced to date.

According to the Times, "Companies with at least $100 million in annual revenues would have to make quarterly disclosures of gifts or payments that exceed $25, and the reports would be posted on a Web site." Device companies are no longer under the radar when it comes to such payments, and this bill may be the one that brings about permanent change in such practices.

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