November 8th, 2011

West Virginia Pharmaceutical disclosure rules pulled, worrying advocates

By Phil Kabler
The Charleston Gazette

Rules for enforcing a 2004 state law requiring pharmaceutical companies to disclose spending on advertising and marketing of brand-name drugs in the state have been withdrawn by Gov.-elect Earl Ray Tomblin’s administration—raising concerns among advocates of the sunshine law.

According to the State Register, Tomblin officials withdrew the rule for Prescription Drug Advertising Expense Reporting late last month.

Tomblin spokeswoman Kimberly Osborne said the rule, which went into effect in 2010, was withdrawn over concerns it had changed the filing requirements for drug manufacturers from the original 2006 rule.

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