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Payments to Practitioners

In 1993, the Minnesota Legislature passed a law that limits the amount of gifts that pharmaceutical manufacturers and wholesalers can give to practitioners. (By law, the word practitioners is defined as basically 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 areMinnesota Statutes 151.461and Minnesota Statutes 151.252, subd. 3.

The reports submitted by wholesalers and manufacturers are classified as public data and the Board has reports 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. Please see the July 2014 memo regarding changes: Memo Regarding Payment to Practitioner Reporting 7/09/2014.

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 and podiatrists). The Board will collect calendar year 2014 data for payments made to advanced practice registered nurses, physician assistants, veterinarians and dental therapists. However, those reports for calendar year 2014 will not be due until May 1, 2015.

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. The link is:http://www.cms.gov/openpayments/index.html

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

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