The Wall Street Journal's Health Blog reports that the Massachusetts legislature has upheld a law that restricts pharmaceutical and medical device companies from giving gifts to doctors. The blog's Katherine Hobson says there had been a push in June to have the ban repealed on the grounds that it "had negative economic effects and resulted in perceived hostility to the health-care industry." However, Hobson says, the ban stands.

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