An Act To Prohibit Certain Gifts to Health Care Practitioners
Sec. 1. 32 MRSA §13759 is enacted to read:
§ 13759. Gifts to practitioners prohibited
This bill amends the Maine Pharmacy Act to prohibit a person engaged in the manufacture of prescription drugs or a person who buys prescription drugs for resale and distribution to persons other than consumers from giving a gift to an individual who is licensed, registered or otherwise authorized in the appropriate jurisdiction to prescribe and administer drugs in the course of that individual's professional practice. "Gift" does not include samples of prescription drugs to be given to patients for free, items with a total value of less than $50 over a calendar year, payments to sponsors of educational programs, honoraria and payments of expenses incurred at an educational conference or meeting, compensation for research, publications or educational materials and salaries or other benefits paid to employees.