Category Archives: Prescription Drug Reform

Guess What? Docs Prescribe Drugs They Are Paid To Promote.

ProPublica is a non-profit news group dedicated to public interest investigative journalism. Their reporters matched for the first time federal data on payments from drug companies to prescribers and records on drugs prescribed by doctors to their Medicare patients. Until … Continue reading

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Happy Fiscal New Year! House, Senate Send FY 2014 Budget to Governor, With Some Good News for MassHealth Dental Coverage

Today the House and Senate sent to the Governor the FY 2014 budget (giant pdf), which  was filed by the joint conference committee late last night. Any minute now, we’ll get a detailed report from our friends at the Mass … Continue reading

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Save Money? Improve Care? What’s Not To Like? Support Academic Detailing in Budget.

In a recent New York Times Op-Ed, “Healing the Overwhelmed Physician,” Harvard Medical School professor Dr. Jerry Avorn highlights how “academic detailing” can both save money and improve patient care.  The House-Senate conference now meeting to finalize the state budget … Continue reading

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Senate Budget Debate Starts Wednesday – Here’s Our Amendment Recommendations

Tomorrow the state Senate will begin debating its version of the state budget for fiscal year 2014, which begins on July 1. Like the House budget did, the Senate Ways and Means version starts out with a strong commitment to … Continue reading

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Public Health Council Fails To Tighten Pharma “Modest Meals” Regulation

Despite widespread opposition among Council members, the Public Health Council voted this morning to enact final regulations on meals provided by the drug and device industry to doctors and other prescribers. The regulations approved today keep intact the expansive, subjective … Continue reading

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D-Day Tomorrow For Pharma Gift Ban Market Regulations

Tomorrow morning (Wednesday 11/21), the Public Health Council will be voting on final regulations implementing the changes to the pharma gift ban and marketing regulations. Over the summer, the legislature changed the law to allow drug and device companies to … Continue reading

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℞ed Lobster at State House; DPH Hearing Friday Morning on Drug Rules

(Click on picture above to see full video report)   Thursday at the State House, some 20 medical students and physicians joined with Health Care For All, Community Catalyst, Representative Jason Lewis, and others to bring attention to Friday’s DPH … Continue reading

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