Eli Lilly and Co. has announced that it will now begin disclosing information about the money it pays to individual doctors for advice, speeches, and other services. The company is riding out ahead of legislators at the state and federal levels who have pushed disclosure bills that would impose a legal mandate upon drug manufacturers to make such payments public. Lilly will disclose payments above $500 made in 2009, but will not make disclosure about payments in past years.
A handful of states have legislated disclosure from drug manufacturers: Minnesota, Vermont, West Virginia, and Maine. No disclosure requirements have been imposed on medical device manufacturers, although the obvious ethical concerns apply there as well. ( See our previous posts here, and here.