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Industry Sponsorship of Continuing Medical Education

Did You Know?

  • In 2005, the pharmaceutical industry spent almost $1.1 billion on continuing medical education (ACCME 2006)
  • It is estimated that for every $1.00 the industry invests in CME or similar meetings, it reaps $3.56 in increased sales (Healy 2007)
  • Interviews with professionals who organize CME at various medical centers reveal that pharmaceutical funding has a large influence on the topics that are discussed (Prescription Project)

More Reading:

  1. Separating Continuing Medical Education From Pharmaceutical Marketing (JAMA)
  2. Commercial Support and Continuing Medical Education (NEJM)
  3. Pharmaceutical Industry Financial Support for Medical Education: Benefit, or Undue Influence? (Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics)

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