Pursuant to Vermont’s Prescribed Product Disclosure Law [18 V.S.A. §§ 4631a, 4632] (Law), manufacturers of prescribed products are required to annually disclose to the Vermont Attorney General’s Office (AG’s Office) the value, nature, purpose, and recipient of any allowable expenditure or permitted gift by April 1 of each year. Additionally, manufacturers of prescription drugs, biological products, and medical devices must annually disclose by April 1 of each year the product, recipient, number of units, dosage, and other information for all samples provided to health care providers. The Law also requires the Vermont Attorney General to annually report these disclosures.
In accordance with the Law, the AG’s Office recently released the “Prescribed Product Disclosures: Report of Vermont Attorney General William H. Sorrell for Calendar Year 2012” (Report). The October 2013 report includes payments or expenditures made to health care providers between January 1, 2012, and December 31, 2012, that relate to prescription drugs, biological products, and medical devices. According to the Report, “187 manufacturers reported spending approximately $7.6 million and distributing nearly 73,000 samples to Vermont health care providers, institutions and organizations” between January 1 and December 31, 2012.
The Report reflects amendments made to the Law in 2009 and 2011, including the requirement that manufacturers disclose information regarding the distribution of samples of prescribed products to health care providers. Additionally, the Report reflects the 2011 change requiring manufacturers to report information about the distribution of over-the-counter products.
To view the entire report, please see the AG's Office website.