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Many US medical associations and disease awareness groups depend heavily on funding by drug manufacturers

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d2929 (Published 10 May 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2929
  1. Jeanne Lenzer
  1. 1New York

Many medical societies and non-profit disease awareness organisations in the United States receive much of their funding from drug and device manufacturers, show documents recently released to the US senator Charles Grassley.

Senator Grassley, a Republican of Iowa, asked for financial information in December 2009 from 33 professional associations and groups that conduct research or promote disease awareness.

Among the organisations responding to Senator Grassley’s request was the American Medical Association, which reported that 16 drug, device, and communications companies donated nearly $5m (£3.1m; €3.5m) in 2007 for “continuing medical education” programmes and “communications conferences.”

Large donations to the association …

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