Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Teaching doctors about the games pharmaceutical companies play

Teaching doctors about the games pharmaceutical companies play : "Two weeks ago, armed with a $400,000 grant, Fugh-Berman and several Georgetown colleagues launched PharmedOut, a free, Internet-based alternative for doctors seeking CME courses devoid of industry funding. The site ( lists more than 200 online classes available to doctors at no cost, many of them sponsored by federal agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration and the National Institutes of Health. It also includes links to studies exploring the role of drug company funding in medical education and research, as well as a YouTube interview with a former drug salesman who candidly discusses the ways he deflected doctors' concerns about a widely prescribed psychiatric drug that has been linked to massive weight gain and diabetes.

PharmedOut is one of about two dozen projects across the country designed to teach doctors and nurses to critically evaluate information about drugs and to direct them to unbiased information. "

Watch the video if you want to learn how pharmaceutical companies dupe doctors !

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