AG: NJ should regulate how much pharm companies pay doctors

Posted: Updated:
NEWARK -

New Jersey Attorney General Christopher Porrino says New Jersey needs to adopt proposed regulations to limit the amount of money pharmaceutical companies can pay doctors. Porrino spoke at a public hearing in Newark, one year after a Kane In Your Corner investigation first raised attention to these “Drug Deals”

The hearing took place on the same day the attorney general’s office announced it was moving to permanently revoke the license of Dr. Kenneth Sun, of Warren County, who is accused of overprescribing the Fentanyl-based painkiller Subsys. The pharmaceutical company that manufactures the drug had paid Dr. Sun up to $12,000 per month in consulting fees.

Under the proposed regulations, pharmaceutical companies could only pay each up to $10,000 per year. Speaking fees would not count toward that total. Free meals would have to have a value of $15 or less. 

“We want doctors prescribing medicine because it's the best thing for their patients, not because their judgment is being clouded in any way shape or form by a nice lunch or payment pursuant to a consulting agreement or anything else,” Porrino says.

Last summer, Kane In Your Corner investigated these “Drug Deals,” and found some New Jersey doctors were getting as much as $200,000 a year from pharmaceutical companies. Much of that was from speaking fees, however, which the new regulations would not address.

Some in the pharmaceutical industry and elsewhere contend the proposed regulations, while well-intentioned, could have a negative impact in areas like medical research. “If the cap on payments from manufacturers to physicians applied to clinical trials”, says Douglas Peddicord, Executive Director of the Association of Clinical Research Organizations, “it would be essentially impossible for clinical trials to be conducted in the state of New Jersey.”

  • Kane in Your CornerMore>>

  • Consumer Alert: ‘Opting-out’ of online databases

    Consumer Alert: ‘Opting-out’ of online databases

    Friday, April 20 2018 8:13 PM EDT2018-04-21 00:13:46 GMT
    Consumer Alert: ‘Opting-out’ of online databasesConsumer Alert: ‘Opting-out’ of online databases
    Consumer Alert: ‘Opting-out’ of online databasesConsumer Alert: ‘Opting-out’ of online databases

    From personal info being harvested on social media to data breaches, many cybersecurity experts say that our privacy is at risk online.

    From personal info being harvested on social media to data breaches, many cybersecurity experts say that our privacy is at risk online.

  • Consumer Alert: Protecting your passwords

    Consumer Alert: Protecting your passwords

    Friday, April 13 2018 8:23 PM EDT2018-04-14 00:23:39 GMT
    Consumer alert Protecting your PasswordConsumer alert Protecting your Password

    Experts are recommending a password manager for those who struggle to remember their complex passwords.

    Experts are recommending a password manager for those who struggle to remember their complex passwords.

  • KIYC: Finding what information Facebook knows about you

    KIYC: Finding what information Facebook knows about you

    Thursday, April 12 2018 7:35 PM EDT2018-04-12 23:35:02 GMT

    With controversy surrounding Facebook's collection of users' information, it is possible to find out exactly how much they know.

    With controversy surrounding Facebook's collection of users' information, it is possible to find out exactly how much they know.

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."