This post was written by Matthew E. Wetzel.

On Dec. 10, 2008, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health released proposed regulations that would impose aggressive restrictions on pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers’ sales and marketing activities that exceed similar restrictions in other jurisdictions. The proposed regulations—intended to implement section 14 of the Massachusetts Act to Promote Cost Containment, Transparency and Efficiency in the Delivery of Quality Health Care—would also require companies to file annual disclosures of all fees, payments and economic benefits paid to health care professionals that total $50 or more. If the Department finalizes these regulations as proposed, Massachusetts will join the ranks of seven other jurisdictions that have issued similar requirements.

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