Puritan’s Pride: Massachusetts marks first anniversary of prescription drug marketing bill

November 13, 2009

 A year after the Bay state became the first place in this country to pass a comprehensive bill addressing prescription drug marketing, the commonwealth is taking stock. The bill’s impact cannot be understated for its impact on industry. Two major trade organizations, PhRMA and AdvoMed, the people who sell prescription drugs and medical devices have […]

Feds: No more arrests for pot-smoking patients

October 19, 2009

New guidelines will apply in 14 states allowing medical use of marijuana Pot-smoking patients or their sanctioned suppliers should not be targeted for federal prosecution in states that allow medical marijuana, prosecutors were told Monday in a new policy memo issued by the Justice Department. Under the policy spelled out in a three-page legal memo, […]

2010 State Legislative Preview: VERMONT

September 21, 2009

VT LOOKS TO CONSOLIDATE PAST GAINS 2009 saw Vermont moving to implement comprehensive palliative care legislation, the nation’s strictest direct marketing rules to medical providers and the imposition of sole sourcing for its managed Medicaid program. As if this wasn’t enough, Vermont’s law prohibiting datamining is still making its way through the federal courts, as […]

The long view…

September 9, 2009

Every so often it is important to take stock of where you are, where you have been and where you are going in politics. The national debate around healthcare reform has garnered a majority of the TV time and column inches in the newspaper. Events happening in DC right now are critical. Regardless of the […]

Focus on Data Mining

August 21, 2009

When a patient fills a prescription at a major pharmacy, a record of that prescription (minus the patient name) is sold to companies – so-called health information organizations – that pool information from multiple pharmacies. The bundled information is combined with individual physician identities purchased from the American Medical Association to create prescriber profiles (name, […]

Why Palliative Care matters…

August 18, 2009

In 2008, New York took an active approach to increasing the use of palliative care by educating health care professionals about this form of care and its potential benefits passing Senate Bill 2108. SB 2108 provided $4.5 million in grants from the state’s public health budget to recruit faculty for and develop programs in health […]

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