Continuing education should no longer be funded by drug industry, says CMAJ

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 03 April 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:742
  1. David Spurgeon
  1. 1Quebec

The current system of continuing health education—sponsored largely by an industry with a vested interest in promoting its products—is unacceptable to self regulated health professionals, says the journal of the Canadian Medical Association.

The CMAJ editorial says that health professionals should take over medical education and base it on their needs and those of their patients (doi: 10.1503/cmaj.080317).

“It is time to stop the pharma-driven ‘free lunch’ approach and place our continuing medical education system firmly in the hands of unbiased and qualified people, not corporations whose …

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