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Payments to Practitioners


In 1993, the Minnesota Legislature passed a law that limits the number of gifts that pharmaceutical manufacturers and wholesalers can give to practitioners. (By law, the word practitioners is defined as anyone licensed by the state who can prescribe prescription drugs). In addition, the law also requires pharmaceutical wholesalers and manufacturers to report certain payments that are made to practitioners. The relevant sections of the law are Minnesota Statutes 151.461 and Minnesota Statutes 151.252, subd. 3.

Practitioners who are now part of expanded covered recipient list for Open Payments are pre-empted from reporting to the Minnesota Board of Pharmacy. (Title 42, Chapter IV, Subchapter A, Part 403, Subpart I, last amended May 9, 2022)


Report Requests

The reports submitted by manufacturers are classified as public data and the Board has reports that date back to 1997. Please send an e-mail to the Board at pharmacy.board@state.mn.us to request copies of the reports. In your request, please state what years you will need. See the July 2014 memo regarding changes: Memo Regarding Payment to Practitioner Reporting July 9, 2014.

PLEASE NOTE: There are no payment reports for calendar years 2012 and 2013. The Board did not collect reports for those two years because a provision in the federal Affordable Care Act pre-empts state laws in this area. States can no longer collect data on payments made to physicians (and the federal act broadly defines physicians to also include dentists, optometrists, advance practice registered nurses, physician assistants, and podiatrists).

Click here to download a spreadsheet on which to report payments to practitioners to the Board of Pharmacy.

You may want to search the CMS Open Payments Web site to see if you can find data for physicians that was reported to CMS.

You might also want to view a document that answers frequently asked questions about this topic.

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