Vermont Offers Limited Amnesty to Device and Biologic Manufacturers who Failed to Report Payments to Health Care Providers

This post was written by Katie C. Pawlitz.

Today the Office of the Vermont Attorney General announced that the Vermont Attorney General is offering limited amnesty to medical device and biologic manufacturers who have failed to report pursuant to Vermont’s Prescribed Products Gift Ban and Disclosure Law. The offer will remain open until October 1, 2012. In order to take advantage of the offer, manufacturers must email prescribedproducts@atg.state.vt.us with the following information: (1) manufacturer name; (2) reporting periods not reported; and (3) name, address, email, and phone number of the representative with whom Vermont should communicate.

The reporting obligation under the Vermont Law became effective July 1, 2009 and, to date, manufacturers have been required to report to Vermont with respect to three reporting periods. The amnesty offer is limited to financial penalties authorized under the Law and does not apply to back-payment of registration fees or penalties for violations of other aspects of the Law, such as gift ban violations. The Office of the Attorney General has indicated that it does not anticipate seeking full disclosure for unreported activity, but that it does anticipate requiring at a later date, disclosure of aggregate information regarding the activity.

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