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MassMEDIC Lauds Enactment of “Gift Ban” Corrections

BOSTON, MA – July 5, 2012 – Tom Sommer, President of the Massachusetts Medical Device Industry Council (MassMEDIC), today praised the enactment of corrections to the state’s “gift ban” law contained in the FY13 budget just signed by Governor Deval Patrick. 

“MassMEDIC is pleased that the State Legislature, particularly Senate President Therese Murray and House Speaker Robert DeLeo, and Governor Patrick have addressed some of the most onerous portions of the state’s ‘gift ban’ law,” said Sommer. “Medtech companies can now train doctors, nurses and technicians on new and innovative medical devices before a sales agreement is in place. This will enable healthcare providers to make informed purchasing decisions that have a positive impact on their patients’ outcomes.” 

The budget language also updates a law that prohibited the payment of meals for training seminars that do not provide Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits. The new law will allow for ‘modest meals and refreshments’ if they are provided at an educational event. 

“This provision will allow medical device companies to plan and undertake full-day and multi-day training sessions to healthcare providers needed to properly operate a range of medical products,” Sommer continued. 

“MassMEDIC worked hard to provide information to legislators on how these changes would help the state’s medical device sector which employs up to 80,000 direct and related jobs,” Sommer said. 

In addition, the budget language streamlines reporting requirements by eliminating the need for medtech companies to report at the state level any info already disclosed pursuant to federal law. 

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About MassMEDIC: 

The Massachusetts Medical Device Industry Council, an organization of over 350 manufacturers, suppliers, research institutions, and academic health centers, promotes the unique interests of the Bay State’s growing and vibrant medical device sector. Through a variety of programs, informational seminars, advocacy campaigns and other projects, MassMEDIC provides medical device manufacturers and suppliers with information on industry trends and regulatory policies, and creates forums that allow members to exchange ideas and information on issues affecting the industry. For more information on MassMEDIC, please contact us at (617) 414-1340, or visit our web site at www.massmedic.com.