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California bill may stop speaking fees and ban pharma gifts

If passed, a state-level bill, sponsored by Mike McGuire, would put an end to most drugmaker payments to physicians. Physicians can still be paid for conducting clinical trials but restrictions would be put in place for traveling and entertaining, speaking and consulting fees and free dinner.

According to ProPulica data, California doctors racked up more than $1.4 billion in payments and gifts in 2014, a figure larger than any other state's total.

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