CME and Issues We Care About in Cyber-News

August 17, 2009 at 5:09 pm Leave a comment

I watch the web for things reported about or of interest to the CME community. Recently it hasn’t been very good news. A few weeks ago there was a flurry of items reporting on the Senate hearing on bias in medial education. Lots of finger pointing at the influence of industry on the continuum of medical education and medial research. There was even one call to abolish ACCME. Hmmmmmm. Now there is a thought. It’s not a good idea but a thought. So in the past few days the following items appeared in cyber-news. These articles are the face of CME to most of the public. Not much if it is what I want people to focus on related to my efforts to support physician lifelong professional development.

South Florida doctors paid thousands by Eli Lilly
Miami Herald
August 8, 2009

While policymakers question whether drug makers are hurting healthcare reform by paying doctors fees, Eli Lilly revealed that it paid 10 South Florida providers more than $10,000 each during the first quarter.

Read more here.

Industry gift bans slammed for overreaching
American Medical News
August 10th, 2009
Kevin B. O’Reilly, AMNews staff. Posted Aug. 10, 2009.

Pressure is mounting on Capitol Hill to reveal the financial relationships among doctors, drug companies and device makers through the Physician Payments Sunshine Act.

Six states already have enacted payment-disclosure laws or bans on gifts to doctors. Meanwhile, more medical centers are restricting doctors’ and students’ interactions with industry, as calls grow for medical societies and educators to turn down drug makers’ dollars.

But now some doctors and physician organizations say the push to police financial relationships with industry has gone too far.

Read more here.

AMA CEJA: Senator Kohl Exerts Pressure for Further Restrictions
Policy in Medicine
August 10, 2009

With health care reform stalled at least until September, the focus on medical organizations is gaining momentum. For example, the Wall Street Journal recently focused on the American Medical Association’s (AMA) yearlong goal of drafting a new ethics policy aimed to limit industry influence on continuing education for doctors. As a result, Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI), sent a letter to the AMA for a status report of how the new legislation was progressing.

Although the Committee acknowledged that there “is a role for valid physician-industry relationships,” Senator Kohl still noted the concerns about “real and apparent conflicts of interest associated with these arrangements. Consequently, he asked about the American Medical Association’s Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs report regarding industry involvement in medical education.

Specifically, he recognized that although CEJA initially addressed in a report, “physicians must not accept industry funding to support professional education activities,” since then that report has been rescinded. The Chairman then asked the AMA to provide a status update as to why this recommendation was removed.

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University of Wisconsin to Male Hormone Marketing:  Testosterone prescriptions soar despite weak research, risks

Posted: Aug. 8, 2009

By John Fauber of the Journal Sentinel

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is at it again attacking the CME program at the University of Wisconsin with stories based on innuendo and without even bothering to interview the University staff for their side of the story.

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Read what Policy in Medicine says about the article. It takes a different perspective than the Wisconsin paper.

Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education Adds Multimedia Education Resources to Its Web Site
PharmaLive
August 13th, 2009

I am sure all of you know about this but just in case.

Editorial: U should lead on conflicts of interest
Disclosure, leadership needed to police doctors’ ties to industry.

Minneapolis StarTribune

August 15th

Another article spurred by the self proclaimed health care reform architect, Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley who is pushing for an overhaul in disclosure of physicians’ financial ties to industry

UW linked to ghostwriting
By John Fauber and Meg Kissinger
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted: Aug. 15, 2009

“As fears were growing about the link between hormone therapy and breast cancer, a drug company paid the University of Wisconsin to sponsor ghostwritten medical education articles that downplayed the risks, records obtained by the Journal Sentinel show.

The five articles were funded by Wyeth, the company that made the top-selling hormone therapy products. The articles, published in 2001, appeared under the names of doctors who specialized in diseases common to menopausal women, but actually were written by professional writers paid by the company.”

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Our public face. Geeeez.

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Entry filed under: CME, CME Issues, Continuing Medical Education, Continung Professional Development, Pharma Funding, Physician Continuing Education.

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