This is a step forward for consumers and patients to be treated without the psychological imprinting of doctors towards certain drugs or devices and for an open and transparent indication of what companies foot the bill for a doctors' speaking engagements, preventing "educational programs" from being disguised marketing programs. They will likely still be such, but it will now be blatant.
Firms say that this will make Massachusetts unfriendly towards their companies, but if other states follow, the companies will have no choice but to be open about their practices. This is a step forward for patients, and companies have to realize that life is more important than sales.
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