Government takes steps to expose financial ties between drug makers and doctors

WASHINGTON D.C. – After more than a year of prodding from the Senate Special Committee on Aging, the federal government took a major step today aimed at exposing potential conflicts of interests between doctors and drug companies.

The long-awaited rule – drawn from the Physician Payments Sunshine Act – was released late Friday by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The rule puts in place a system requiring pharmaceutical and medical device makers to disclose payments and gifts given to physicians. Consumers will have access to the information through a database administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Critics have long contended that the drug industry’s practice of paying doctors influences medical decisions and leads to over-prescribing medicines and patients receiving unnecessary and expensive drug treatments.

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4 Responses to “Government takes steps to expose financial ties between drug makers and doctors”

  1. Thelma Says:

    Excellent news!Check out your doctor's name on the new gov't database.

  2. StandUp Says:

    Yes, finally!

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Thank goodness

  4. jerri Says:

    oh what a surprise? i take 0 meds and whatever my md is handing out i tell him no thanks give it to your wife :-0

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