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Industry spending on continuing medical education in US falls further

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e5336 (Published 07 August 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e5336
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington, DC

The drug and medical devices industries’ spending on continuing medical education (CME) activities in the United States has fallen for the fourth consecutive year, shows the latest annual report from the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education.1

The report found that overall industry support for CME was $736m (£470m; €590m) in 2011, a decrease of $94m (11.4%) from 2010. At its peak in 2006 the industry’s contribution to CME spending was a half, but that is down to a third today.

Despite the decline of industry support, the number of CME activities and hours of instruction …

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