New Jersey gives drugmakers more leeway on gifts to physicians

New Jersey has eased some  provisions in a rule that sought to restrict gifts and payments that drugmakers can give to physicians, according to STAT.

The initial rule, which went into effect last year, sought to address rising concerns that some drugmakers may use payments or lavish meals to influence the prescribing of opioids.

The rule placed a $10,000 annual cap on what physicians can earn from drugmakers for speaking and promotional fees and a $15 cap on "modest meals" that are provided at educational events. The hospitality and restaurant industry said the initial proposal on meals was too restrictive.

Under the revised rule, the annual cap remains in place, but research work is exempt. Additionally, the cap for dinners was increased to $30 instead of $15, and a previous limit of four meals per year was lifted. The revised rule was filed last week.

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