It was recommended that the NJ Board of Medical Examiners should ban doctors from accepting gifts, fees, free food or meals offered by devices makers to prevent potential for conflict in medical decision making. Who would think that a surgeon would have a conflict in making decisions if they were a consultant? Obviously, the State of NJ!
Now that Chris "I love to give my DOJ friends a monitoring job" Christie will be sworn in as Governor of the most corrupt state in the union, there's a new sheriff in town and his name isn't Reggie Hammond! Is this the beginning of the end to a practice that has been abused by many companies in our industry? The report recommends that physicians who enter into consulting or research deals should disclose accepting more than $200 during the preceding two years or risk not having their medical license renewed. TSB does think that the part about not being fed at training conferences is a bit ridiculous. Let's get serious legislators!
Will New Jersey join Massachusetts and Vermont as states that are mandating disclosure? Of course "the Godfather" elect for the Medical Society of NJ, Donald Cinotti commented that "medical decision making is predominantly influenced by health insurance companies through restricted drug formularies and pharmacy benefits managers." In addition he was quoted as saying that the state should go after the companies. Obviously Dr. Cinotti must be an Ophthalmologist because what you see is not necessarily what you get.
Even with an incoming Republican Governor, TSB smells socialism in the air! It's a conspiracy! TSB wants to know what our readers think?