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Professional Medical Associations and Their Relationships With Industry

Professional Medical Associations and Their Relationships With Industry SPECIAL COMMUNICATION Professional Medical Associations and Their Relationships With Industry A Proposal for Controlling Conflict of Interest David J. Rothman, PhD Professional medical associations (PMAs) play an essential role in defining Walter J. McDonald, MD and advancing health care standards. Their conferences, continuing medi- Carol D. Berkowitz, MD cal education courses, practice guidelines, definitions of ethical norms, and Susan C. Chimonas, PhD public advocacy positions carry great weight with physicians and the pub- Catherine D. DeAngelis, MD, MPH lic. Because many PMAs receive extensive funding from pharmaceutical and Ralph W. Hale, MD device companies, it is crucial that their guidelines manage both real and perceived conflict of interests. Any threat to the integrity of PMAs must be Steven E. Nissen, MD thoroughly and effectively resolved. Current PMA policies, however, are not June E. Osborn, MD uniform and often lack stringency. To address this situation, the authors first James H. Scully Jr, MD identified and analyzed conflicts of interest that may affect the activities, Gerald E. Thomson, MD leadership, and members of PMAs. The authors then went on to formulate David Wofsy, MD guidelines, both short-term and long-term, to prevent the appearance or re- ality of undue industry influence. The http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png JAMA American Medical Association

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American Medical Association
Copyright
Copyright 2009 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.
ISSN
0098-7484
eISSN
1538-3598
DOI
10.1001/jama.2009.407
pmid
19336712
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Abstract

SPECIAL COMMUNICATION Professional Medical Associations and Their Relationships With Industry A Proposal for Controlling Conflict of Interest David J. Rothman, PhD Professional medical associations (PMAs) play an essential role in defining Walter J. McDonald, MD and advancing health care standards. Their conferences, continuing medi- Carol D. Berkowitz, MD cal education courses, practice guidelines, definitions of ethical norms, and Susan C. Chimonas, PhD public advocacy positions carry great weight with physicians and the pub- Catherine D. DeAngelis, MD, MPH lic. Because many PMAs receive extensive funding from pharmaceutical and Ralph W. Hale, MD device companies, it is crucial that their guidelines manage both real and perceived conflict of interests. Any threat to the integrity of PMAs must be Steven E. Nissen, MD thoroughly and effectively resolved. Current PMA policies, however, are not June E. Osborn, MD uniform and often lack stringency. To address this situation, the authors first James H. Scully Jr, MD identified and analyzed conflicts of interest that may affect the activities, Gerald E. Thomson, MD leadership, and members of PMAs. The authors then went on to formulate David Wofsy, MD guidelines, both short-term and long-term, to prevent the appearance or re- ality of undue industry influence. The

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JAMAAmerican Medical Association

Published: Apr 1, 2009

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