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Ban on Gifts to Doctors in Maryland?

The Baltimore Sun is reporting that the Maryland General Assembly is considering legislation to bar gifts from drug and medical device companies to doctors as another backlash from the St. Joe’s stent debacle in which a doctor is accused of performing unnecessary stent procedures.

How does this tie in to gifts for doctors? Good question. I’m not entirely sure. Maryland doctors are commonly paid by drug and medical device companies to promote products to other doctors. So the thinking is maybe Abbott’s incentives helped push stents?

If they enact this law, they will make good laws for all the wrong reasons. Which I guess is okay. But, let’s be realistic. It will never happen. Doctor and hospital lobbyists plus drug company lobbyists plus no real public inertia for change equals no change. You can bank on that equation.