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Mass. loosens ban on industry gifts to doctors

Calls to prohibit alcohol ignored; no spending cap

Following the lead of the Legislature and Patrick administration, the Public Health Council adopted regulations Wednesday loosening a gift ban that is part of a state law restricting marketing by drug and medical device makers.

New rules had been expected since July, when the budget signed by Governor Deval Patrick included an amendment permitting companies to pick up doctors’ tabs for “modest” meals and refreshments served during informational sessions about their products.

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