This summer, the Massachusetts Legislature unfortunately voted to weaken the state’s ban on gifts to physicians and other prescribers from the pharmaceutical industry. The revised law now allows “modest meals and refreshments” from industry, and the Department of Public Health was charged with issuing regulations to ensure that any food provided is actually modest.

Tragically, recent rules issued by the DPH fail to ensure that companies cannot lure doctors into one-sided presentations with expensive meals. We all know that there is “no free lunch.” Every dollar spent on marketing means higher costs for companies--and higher prices for our patients.

If that were not bad enough, seven out of ten Americans already think that doctors’ decisions are too influenced by drug companies. Not even PhRMA, the drug company trade group, thinks it is ethical to buy doctors meals outside of the clinic. Please consider signing our letter to the DPH, urging it to strengthen its temporary regulations.

Tell the DPH to strengthen its regulations, keep drug costs down, and preserve doctor-patient trust. Take a stand today in less time it'd take you to make a pot of coffee.

1. Sign Our Letter

See below for details on changes we'd like to see!
2. Participate in the Public Hearing

The DPH will be holding a public hearing on its regulations on Friday, 10/19/2012. Please attend and/or submit written testimony. More info here.
3. Tell Your Friends

Forward our letter and this site on to colleagues and friends. Tweet and share our site above!