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Chicago Will License Pharma Sales Reps to Fight Opioid Overprescribing

November 18, 2016

(STAT News) – In hopes of reducing inappropriate opioid prescribing, the Chicago City Council on Wednesday passed an ordinance that requires all pharmaceutical sales reps to become licensed. The ordinance, which the pharmaceutical industry opposed, will require sales reps to undergo training for ethics, marketing regulations, and applicable laws. Reps will also have to file reports with the city that disclose the names of doctors they visit as part of their work, the number of visits, and any samples, materials, or gifts provided, along with their value. Reps will also have to pay a $750 licensing fee and renew the licenses annually.

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