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Attorney General Settles With Three More Manufacturers Over Violations Of Vermont's Prescribed Product Gift Ban And Disclosure Law

CONTACT: Kate Whelley McCabe, Assistant Attorney General, (802) 828-5621

February 11, 2014

Since late December 2013, the Attorney General’s Office has settled violations of Vermont’s Prescribed Product Gift Ban and Disclosure Law with three prescribed product manufacturers. These settlements follow the twenty-five settlements reached with manufacturers in September. Each manufacturer self-reported and agreed to prospective compliance with the Vermont law that bans most gifts to Vermont health care providers and requires manufacturers of prescribed products—including pharmaceuticals, biologics and medical devices—to disclose expenditures deemed appropriate by the legislature. The manufacturers paid a total of $102,500 to the State in fees and civil penalties. In addition, one manufacturer donated $35,000 to the Vermont Head Start Tooth Tutor Program, a program that helps provide young children in need with access to adequate dental care. “Once again, my office appreciates that the fact that these companies were forthcoming about their activities and cooperative in resolving these violations,” said Attorney General Sorrell. “As I’ve said before, similarly situated manufacturers that are less forthright or less cooperative will not receive such favorable treatment.”

For a copy of the AODs, see the Attorney General’s website, www.atg.state.vt.us, under “Disclosures by Manufacturers of Prescribed Drugs, Biological Products and Medical Devices,” “Enforcement Actions,” “Settlement Documents.”

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