Massachusetts relaxes restrictions on meals for covered practitioners and device training

Thanks to legislative amendments effective as of July 1, 2012, Massachusetts has loosened slightly the state’s tight restrictions on meals that pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers may provide to healthcare practitioners. Although the statute remains among the most restrictive in the nation, it now includes an important exception that permits “modest” meals or refreshments provided in connection with non-CME educational presentations in any venue conducive to such presentations. Previously, manufacturers were prohibited from providing to a covered recipient any meal “offered, consumed, or provided outside of the health care practitioner’s office or hospital setting.”

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