If permitted by hospital policy, pharmaceutical company representatives are allowed to visit with state hospital physicians by appointment only. Representatives may leave only product information pamphlets. Food, medication samples, gifts such as pens or anything of monetary value are prohibited.
This policy reflects State Government Code Chapter 575 and Chapter 531 §531.0381. Chapter 575 requires the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to acknowledge the acceptance of gifts valued at $500 or more. Section 531.0381 sets out policy for acceptance of gifts or grants of money, drugs, equipment, or any other item of value received from a pharmaceutical manufacturer, distributor, provider or another entity engaged in a pharmaceutical related business.