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Letting the sunshine in: shining a new light on physician–industry relationships
  1. Carolyn M Bruguera1,
  2. Joshua A Hirsch
  1. 1Micrus Endovascular Corporation, California, USA
  2. 2Interventional NeuroRadiology/Endovascular Neurosurgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
  1. Correspondence to Carolyn M Bruguera, Vice President and General Counsel, Micrus Endovascular Corporation, 821 Fox Lane, San Jose, CA 95131, USA; cbruguera{at}


The pending federal healthcare reform legislation includes Physician Payment Sunshine provisions that would mandate public disclosure of virtually all payments by industry to US physicians on government websites. The requirements reflect a growing trend toward public disclosure of payments following high-profile government investigations of allegedly improper payments and undisclosed conflicts of interests. The pending law world require broad disclosure and will affect most physicians. Industry and physicians groups have offered qualified support to the legislation.

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