Life Sciences Alert

Vermont Pharmaceutical Gift Ban & Disclosure Act

June 24, 2009

Statutory Summary

Included In This Issue: 

  • An Act Relating to the Marketing of Prescribed Products: Current Status 
  • Background and Overview 
  • Summary of Chapter 59 of the Vermont Acts of 2009 (Senate Bill 48) 
  • Next Steps 


On June 8, 2009, Governor Jim Douglas of Vermont signed legislation that expands Vermont’s existing pharmaceutical marketing disclosure law. The new law, Chapter 59 of the Vermont Acts of 2009 (the "Act") creates the nation’s strictest rules regarding marketing activities by the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. As of July 1, 2009, the Act bans nearly all industry gifts to prescribers (including doctors, nurses, and medical staff), as well as gifts to health plan administrators and health care facilities. The Act also strengthens the existing manufacturer expenditure disclosure requirement, and removes certain legal protections pertaining to the disclosure of trade secrets...

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