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Pfizer stops funding medical education provided by profit making companies

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 08 July 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a708
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

    Pfizer, the world’s second largest drug company, said last week that it would no longer pay profit making communication and medical education companies to provide continuing medical education courses. It will continue to pay for education prepared by non-profit organisations, academic institutions, teaching hospitals, and medical societies.

    Pfizer said it was making the change to avoid the appearance of having conflicts of interest, because critics had said that courses supported by the industry were not purely educational but promoted the use of specific drugs.

    US doctors are required to complete a certain number …

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