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“Current Psychiatry”: Now Binging on Industry Cash for CME

Jan 4th, 2011 | By

Current Psychiatry is a controlled circulation “throwaway” journal that comes to all psychiatrists free of charge. It’s well-written, often useful, but editorially it has unfortunately become a mouthpiece for the promotional aims of its advertisers. Recently a few examples attracted my attention. 1. This CME Supplement was packaged with the November 2010 issue. It is
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Is Your Doctor a “Return on Investment”?

Oct 4th, 2010 | By

Ever since ProPublica published its disturbing database called Dollars for Docs, there have been many local news stories written about hired gun physicians who take money from drug companies to promote drugs to other doctors. A particularly good one was published yesterday in the SentinelSource by the Chicago Tribune’s Judith Graham. The Tribune interviewed about
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Tom Sullivan, of ACRE Fame, Is Swimming in Drug Company Cash

Nov 12th, 2009 | By

Wherever there is a vocal battalion of defenders of drug industry funded medical education, you are certain to find Tom Sullivan leading the charge. Sullivan writes the most prolific pro-industry CME website, Policy and Medicine. He is a founding member of ACRE, and managed all the logistics for ACRE’s first embarrassing meeting, held at Brigham
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ACRE Meeting: Welcome to Anger Village

Jul 24th, 2009 | By

Yesterday, I attended the charter meeting of ACRE (Association of Clinical Researchers and Educators) in Boston. The title of the conference was “Optimizing Value to Patient Care of Industry-Physician Collaboration,” and the schedule called for 23 speakers over a 6 hour period, all in a hot amphitheater crowded with pharmaceutical reps, doctors, reporters, and miscellaneous
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ACRE: Academics Craving Reimbursement for Everything

Jul 14th, 2009 | By

Everybody’s buzzing about the new organization and website, ACRE, whose purpose is to stem the tide of legislation that is rehabilitating the ethics of physicians. The trouble is, there is some confusion about which is the true ACRE website. Is it this one, which calls itself the “Association of Clinical Researchers and Educators”? Or is
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New JAMA History of CME: “When Will We Ever Learn?”

Aug 25th, 2008 | By

The current issue of JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) contains this interesting history of the relationship between the pharmaceutical industry and medical education. It turns out that the rancorous CME debate that we consider to be modern is anything but, having its origins in the late 1950s, and early 1960s, when direct marketing
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