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Capitol Health Call
March 11, 2009

Physician Payments

JAMA. 2009;301(10):1011. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.283

A bill introduced in the Senate seeks to require makers of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and biologics to publicly report payments to physicians that exceed $100 annually. Under provisions of the Physician Payments Sunshine Act of 2009 (S 301 [http://thomas.loc.gov]), these manufacturers would report their payments to the Department of Health and Human Services, which would post them online for public viewing.

The bill was introduced by Sen Chuck Grassley (R, Iowa) and Sen Herb Kohl (D, Wis), who submitted similar legislation 2 years ago that the 110th Congress never considered. The bill also would create a federal “academic detailing” program to give physicians an objective source of information based on independent scientific research.