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Medical Communication Companies and Continuing Medical Education

Medical Communication Companies and Continuing Medical Education Opinion Editorials represent the opinions of the authors and JAMA EDITORIAL and not those of the American Medical Association. Medical Communication Companies and Continuing Medical Education Clouding the Sunshine? Lisa M. Schwartz, MD, MS; Steven Woloshin, MD, MS It’s always intriguing to open e-mail in the morning and look at Whodothemedicalcommunicationcompaniesworkfor?In- thelatestcropofcontinuingmedicaleducation(CME)invitations. dustry accounts for half of the revenue of medical communica- Anddream.Whowouldn’twanttogotoMauitodiscusscommon tionscompanies. However,detailsaboutactualfinancialarrange- issues in primary care? Or mentsaresparse.InthisissueofJAMA,Rothmanetal, shedsome traveltoCancuntolearnabout lightintothislargelyunexploredworld.In2010,asaresultofvol- Related article page 2554 using laboratory and clinical untaryandDepartmentofJusticerequiredactions,14drug-device parameters to assess cardio- manufacturers posted grant registries on their websites. Accord- vascular risk. But getting time off can be difficult and travel is in- ing to the analysis of these registries by Rothman et al, the 14 creasingly expensive. Fortunately, abundant CME opportunities companiesissuedmorethan$650millioninnonresearchgrants. areavailableonline.Physicianscanmeetlicensurerequirements Almost one-third of the grant money went to medical education without leaving home and often can do so for free. companies, more than any other category of recipient: academic Where do all these CME invitations come from? Many come medical centers were a close second and disease-targeted advo- from medical communication companies, largely for-profit en- cacy groups were close behind. Medical communication com- tities that create, organize, promote, and run http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA American Medical Association

Medical Communication Companies and Continuing Medical Education

JAMA , Volume 310 (23) – Dec 18, 2013

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Publisher
American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright 2013 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.
ISSN
0098-7484
eISSN
1538-3598
DOI
10.1001/jama.2013.281640
pmid
24346987
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Abstract

Opinion Editorials represent the opinions of the authors and JAMA EDITORIAL and not those of the American Medical Association. Medical Communication Companies and Continuing Medical Education Clouding the Sunshine? Lisa M. Schwartz, MD, MS; Steven Woloshin, MD, MS It’s always intriguing to open e-mail in the morning and look at Whodothemedicalcommunicationcompaniesworkfor?In- thelatestcropofcontinuingmedicaleducation(CME)invitations. dustry accounts for half of the revenue of medical communica- Anddream.Whowouldn’twanttogotoMauitodiscusscommon tionscompanies. However,detailsaboutactualfinancialarrange- issues in primary care? Or mentsaresparse.InthisissueofJAMA,Rothmanetal, shedsome traveltoCancuntolearnabout lightintothislargelyunexploredworld.In2010,asaresultofvol- Related article page 2554 using laboratory and clinical untaryandDepartmentofJusticerequiredactions,14drug-device parameters to assess cardio- manufacturers posted grant registries on their websites. Accord- vascular risk. But getting time off can be difficult and travel is in- ing to the analysis of these registries by Rothman et al, the 14 creasingly expensive. Fortunately, abundant CME opportunities companiesissuedmorethan$650millioninnonresearchgrants. areavailableonline.Physicianscanmeetlicensurerequirements Almost one-third of the grant money went to medical education without leaving home and often can do so for free. companies, more than any other category of recipient: academic Where do all these CME invitations come from? Many come medical centers were a close second and disease-targeted advo- from medical communication companies, largely for-profit en- cacy groups were close behind. Medical communication com- tities that create, organize, promote, and run

Journal

JAMAAmerican Medical Association

Published: Dec 18, 2013

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