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Pharma sales rep licensing is back on the city council agenda in Philadelphia this week—and so is an outright ban on gifts from drugmakers to doctors.

The revised bill is focused more narrowly on the sales-representative side—only salespeople who represent controlled substances and psychoactive drugs would need to register—and its gift ban was tweaked slightly to exempt handouts at medical meetings and conventions.

All other pharma gifts would be covered, though, and the industry remains opposed to the measure.

Still, Philadelphia city councilman Bill Greenlee, one of the bill’s co-authors, said he’s optimistic the measure will pass. Health experts helped narrow the list of products whose representatives would need to be registered, Greenlee said, noting that controlled substances and psychoactive drugs account for only about 15% of prescription drugs sold

by Beth Snyder Bulik

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