The nation’s drug companies spent almost $2.6 million on gifts for Vermont doctors and hospitals 2009, but $800,000 of it was on food, which they’re now banned from buying.
That’s the finding of a report issued by the office of state Attorney General William Sorrell, which says 85 pharmaceutical manufacturers spent about $400,000 less on gifts for providers than they did the previous year. The report covered the period from July 1, 2008 to July 1, 2009.
The dollar amount is expected to plunge for this year, thanks to a law change that bans makers of prescribed products from buying most kinds of gifts. That took effect last July.