Two years after Maine adopted a law that would ban drug makers from giving gifts to doctors, state officials are now moving to clarify the limits, an effort likely to prompt another fierce battle by the pharmaceutical industry.

Although the Maine law has been on the books since June 2017, the state Board of Pharmacy had not attempted to set parameters for gift giving or other forms of payment. Now, the board is proposing a $250 limit on speaking fees, an undefined “minimal value” for food and beverage at conferences, and “reasonable” travel and lodging expenses for doctors who speak on behalf of drug makers.

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