After more than a year of debate, New Jersey eased some of the provisions in a controversial rule that governs the sort of gifts and payments that drug makers can give to doctors.

In a filing last week, the state acceded to complaints from the restaurant and hospitality industry that the initial proposal on meals was too restrictive and unrealistic. However, New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal left in place a $10,000 annual cap on what physicians can earn from drug makers for such activities as promotional speaking and consulting. Research work, however, is exempt.

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