US Senate Seeks Public Disclosure of Gifts to Doctors

In the wake of increased public scrutiny over the safety of medical devices and drugs, the US Senate is trying to make public any and all gifts made to doctors. The news is not popular with big pharma or the manufacturers of medical devices. Senator Charles Grassley, co-author of the legislation, stated “Right now, the public has no way to know whether a doctor’s been given money that might affect prescribing habits.” The bill stems from the alarming relationship between gifts to doctors and their prescription/medical device dispensing habits.