In what the NY Times calls “a growing movement among academic institutions,” Stanford University Medical Center will ban gifts — even small ones like pens — from pharma sales reps to physicians who work there.
On August 31st the California legislature passed a bill that would require drug companies to lower their prices, or risk being shut out of the state’s Medicaid program, or Medi-Cal. Governor Schwarzenegger is expected to sign the measure. Many thanks goes to our CA activists who helped us achieve this victory!
Ohio drug safety activists Cathy and Dan Harter met with Senator DeWine (R-OH) in late June, asking that Congress do more to ensure that medications on the market are safe. We just learned that after that meeting, the Senator decided to sign onto drug safety legislation in Congress.