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Publication type: Journal Article

Ross JS, Nazem AG, Lurie P, Lackner JE, Krumholz HM.
Updated Estimates of Pharmaceutical Company Payments to Physicians in Vermont
JAMA 2008 Nov 5; 300:(17):1998-2000
http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/extract/300/17/1998-a?etoc


Abstract:

Our methods have been described previously.1 Vermont law requires disclosure of payments of $25 or more.2 We categorized each payment by recipient and purpose; recipient names were typically not disclosed as part of the settlement. We conducted a descriptive analysis, summarizing all payments over the study period stratified by whether or not they were initially designated trade secret. We focused on payments of $100 or more because these exceed guidelines by the American Medical Association and Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America for gifts . . .

 

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