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In a victory for the pharmaceutical industry, New Jersey plans to loosen a new rule that restricts what drug makers can pay for meals for doctors, dentists, nurses, and other prescribers.

The rule, which went into effect last January, caps what prescribers can earn from drug makers at $10,000 a year, and limits “modest” meals given to prescribers at just $15. The move was the first state effort to take a comprehensive approach to limiting industry sway and came in response to concerns that some drug makers may use various forms of payments to influence prescribing of opioids.

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