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Becton Dickinson Spent $1.2M Lobbying
Monday April 7, 6:34 pm ET
Devicemaker Becton Dickinson Spent $1.26 Million Lobbying the Federal Government Last Year

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Medical device and supplies maker Becton Dickinson spent $1.26 million lobbying the federal government last year.

The company lobbied on funding for the Food and Drug Administration, which reviews the safety and effectiveness of medical devices. The group also lobbied on bills aimed at preventing tuberculosis and funding for vaccine development.

Becton also lobbied on a bill that would have required makers of device and drugs to disclose gifts and payments used to court physicians. The bill's sponsors, Sens. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and Herb Kohl, D-Wis., hope to pass the measure this year.

The Franklin Lakes, N.J.-based company spent $740,000 lobbying in the second half of 2007, according to a government disclosure form posted online Feb. 12.

Lobbyists are required to disclose activities that could influence members of the executive and legislative branches, under a federal law enacted in 1995.

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