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Letters Industry-funded medical education

Accreditation rules ensure that CME serves the needs of patients and the public

BMJ 2021; 374 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n1780 (Published 21 July 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;374:n1780
  1. Graham T McMahon, president and chief executive officer
  1. Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), 401 N Michigan Avenue, Suite 1850, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
  1. gmcmahon{at}accme.org

Fugh-Berman is correct in recognising the threat to our profession when prescribers are influenced by the marketing efforts of drug and device manufacturers.1 These companies invest in marketing because it works. But the author’s conflation of accredited continuing medical education (CME) and industry marketing is misinformed, and she makes several misleading and inaccurate statements. The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and the …

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