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Wednesday, May 08, 2013


This year's 4th annual PharmedOut conference is hitting town and, judging by the speaker list, looks like it's going to be the best yet.

Highlight of this year's conference, for me at least, is the 'surprise guest' from a major pharmaceutical company who is going to be talking about ethical conflicts inside the industry.

PharmedOut is a Georgetown University Medical Center project that advances evidence-based prescribing and educates healthcare professionals about pharmaceutical marketing practices.

Some of their goals are:

Document and disseminate information about how pharmaceutical companies influence prescribing

Foster access to unbiased information about drugs

Encourage physicians to choose pharma-free CME

Sadly, the conference is too far for me to attend but I'm sure it will be much talked about in the future.

So, if you are a lawyer, state government official, FDA official, or work for the pharmaceutical industry then you may just want to go and listen to what these speakers have to say... however uncomfortable it may be for you. Speakers include:

Marcia Angell MD, author of The Truth About Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us and What to Do About It;  former editor-in-chief, NEJM
Virginia Barbour MD, chief editor, PLoS Medicine
Elizabeth Loder MD, editor, BMJ
Carl Elliott MD PhD, author of White Coat, Black Hat: Adventures on the Dark Side of Medicine and Better Than Well
Charles Ornstein, Senior Editor, ProPublica
Diana Zuckerman PhD, president of the National Research Center for Women and Families
A ghostwriter describing how he helped sell Low Testosterone Syndrome (“Low-T”)

You can register for the conference here.

Event start date: June 6, 2013 8:00 AM
Event end date: June 7, 2013 5:00 PM
Location: Georgetown University
Questions? Call: 202-687-1191


Bob Fiddaman


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