Pharma Free CME – Oregon Academy of Family Physicians

April 10, 2008 at 6:53 pm Leave a comment

I was surfing some blogs recently and found this post.

Pharma-Free CME Activities: Is This the Right Approach?

The author, Bruce Freidman, posts this notice:

The Oregon Academy of Family Physicians (OAFP)…is hosting its 61st Annual CME Weekend at Salishan Spa and Golf Resort in Glendale Beach, OR this May. There’ll be plenty of golf, tennis, beach activities, spa rejuvenation, wining and dining, kiting, and shopping at this “pet friendly” lodge, but pharmaceutical companies are verbotin!…As the program guide says, this event is “Pharma Free: The OAFP is 100% free of any pharmaceutical company funding or support. Consequently, this CME conference has dispensed with a traditional exhibit hall.” …”We’re still putting on CME seminars, of course {said the OAFP executive director], but …not taking any unrestricted grants, so we’re looking for other financial support….We’re attracting interest from some health plans and hospital systems, people we’ve not traditionally approached in the past. It’s more work to get those sources, but there are also electronic medical records companies and insurance companies. So it’s possible.”

Here is an experiment we may want to watch. With an increasing number of people in CME suggesting that pharma support be phased out and ultimately eliminated, looking for other sources of funding to support CME activities is going to increase. Will the elimination of pharma support for CME activities remove the concern over bias in our CME activities or will it introduce other sources of bias? I suggest the later.
What do you think?

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