Health Industry Washington Watch
Massachusetts Approves Emergency Amendments on State "Sunshine Act" Drug/Device Manufacturer Reporting Requirements
On the Reed Smith Life Sciences Legal Update blog, there is a recent post regarding the Massachusetts Public Health Council’s approval of emergency amendments to the State’s Marketing Code of Conduct regulations. The underlying regulations restrict certain gifts and payments by pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers to Massachusetts health care practitioners (HCPs) and require disclosure of payments and transfers of value to HCPs. The emergency amendments, which follow state legislative amendments, now allow manufacturers to provide modest meals and refreshments to HCPs at non-CME educational presentations and modify applicable reporting requirements. The amendments also address the interaction of state requirements and federal law, including the ACA’s Physician Payment Sunshine Act provisions. For additional details, see our full post.