July 9, 2012

By: Jamie Hartford

Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick on Monday signed into law legislation that partially repeals the state’s pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturer code of conduct (PCOC), which required companies to disclose gifts of more than $50 to healthcare providers.

A provision in the state’s 2013 budget bill updates the PCOC to allow drug and device companies to pay for “modest” meals for healthcare providers that attend the companies’ educational seminars.

Statements issued by both the national medical device industry associationAdvaMed and the Massachusetts Medical Device Industry Council (MassMEDIC), an organization that represents industry stakeholders in the state, praised the move…

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