Despite intensive last-minute lobbying by pharmaceutical and medical device makers, Deval Patrick, governor of the US state of Massachusetts, has signed into law a bill requiring them to report to the state Department of Public Health any payment or gift of over $50 which they make to healthcare professionals.

Such gifts would be publicly reported on the state’s web site, under the law, which also calls for the state to develop an industry code of conduct, imposing $5,000 fines for every violation.

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Despite intensive last-minute lobbying by pharmaceutical and medical device makers, Deval Patrick, governor of the US state of Massachusetts, has signed into law a bill requiring them to report to the state Department of Public Health any payment or gift of over $50 which they make to healthcare professionals.

Such gifts would be publicly reported on the state’s web site, under the law, which also calls for the state to develop an industry code of conduct, imposing $5,000 fines for every violatio