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Wisconsin medical society bans gifts from pharma companies

Pharma Compliance Alert, October 22, 2008

To avoid unnecessary conflicts of interest, Wisconsin physicians will no longer accept gifts from the pharmaceutical industry or serve as members of speaker bureaus.

The Wisconsin Medical Society Board approved changes to the society’s Relationship of the Profession to the Health Product Industry policy. In part, the new policy bans industry gifts to physicians, including personal items, office supplies, food, travel, and time costs, or payment for participation in online continuing medical education. 

The new policy also:

  • Calls for limiting drug samples
  • Requires physicians serving on formulary committees who have a commercial relationship with a health product company to disclose the relationship
  • Prohibits CME providers from accepting support directly from the pharmaceutical industry
  • Encourages high-integrity consulting and research relationships between the profession and the health product industry
The Wisconsin medical society is following a recent trend involving gifts to physicians. The revised PhRMA Code on Interactions with Healthcare Professionals, which becomes effective in January 2009, also prohibits gifts to physicians. The University of Pittsburgh Health System and SMDC Health System in Duluth, MN, have also banned gifts from pharmaceutical companies.


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