Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Transparency in gifting

Hey, I'm all for transparency. But why do legislators spend so much time worrying about what we get and shouldn't this law apply to them as well?
Legislators in at least 14 states introduced bills this year that would require pharmaceutical sales representatives to file reports detailing the gifts they give to physicians. Drug manufacturers are opposing the bills. Most medical societies are keeping an eye on the bills but haven't gotten involved so far because doctors won't see the financial and administrative burdens that the drug industry would see if the legislation passes.