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By Jeremy Olson
Updated: 04/21/2009 11:55:33 PM CDT

One of five appointees to the state Board of Medical Practice has received more than $270,000 from pharmaceutical companies since 2002. Dr. Tracy Tomac, a Duluth psychiatrist, received the money from Eli Lilly and eight other companies, mostly for consulting and lecturing, according to state payment records reviewed by the Pioneer Press.
Tomac’s appointment by Gov. Tim Pawlenty was announced Tuesday along with the appointments of Drs. Mark Eggen and Subbarao Inampudi and lawyer Sarah Evenson. Dr. Keith Berge was reappointed.

Pawlenty spokesman Brian McClung said Tomac disclosed during her interview that she had received speaking and consulting fees and “agreed to take steps to avoid any conflict of interest.”
Tomac could not be reached at her clinic Tuesday. McClung said board members are discouraged from receiving fees from drug companies. However, such fees are not prohibited, he said, “nor does it disqualify someone from serving on a board or commission.”

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