Keller @ Large: Time To Reverse Pharmaceutical Gift Ban?

June 19, 2012 12:00 AM
Keller @ Large: Time To Reverse Pharmaceutical Gift Ban?

" BOSTON (CBS) – Supporters say a gift ban was needed to change a too-cozy relationship between drug companies and doctors. But critics say it’s costing the Massachusetts economy millions.

Now the battle over the state’s ban on gifts from drug-makers to medical industry personnel is coming to a head on Beacon Hill.

Governor Patrick and House Speaker Robert DeLeo agree the ban is costing the state jobs and revenue, something restaurants and other hospitality businesses have been complaining about since it took effect in 2009.

But on Beacon Hill, it takes three to tango, and so far, one branch of government isn’t interested in dancing.

“I think it was an overreaction and I think it’s time to correct the situation,” says Speaker DeLeo who has plenty of company in wanting the ban to end "

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