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DURHAM, NC (AP) — Hospitals at Duke University and the University of North Carolina are trying to make the relationship between drug companies and health providers more transparent.

The Herald-Sun of Durham reports both universities have either revised or are in the process of revising their conflict of interest policies.

UNC Hospitals implemented a policy this month that’s in line with new federal laws taking effect in two years that require greater disclosure from drug companies.

Under the policy, any financial relationship between providers and drug companies must be reported. Gifts from industry representatives are banned, even low-cost items like pens and notepads.

Duke is working on a revised policy that will apply to the entire university.

Information from: The Herald-Sun, http://www.herald-sun.com

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