Professional medical associations and their relationships with industry (JAMA)

This article was published in JAMA in April 2009:

Rothman DJ, McDonald WJ, Berkowitz CD, Chimonas SC, DeAngelis CD, Hale RW, Nissen SE, Osborn JE, Scully JH Jr, Thomson GE, Wofsy D. Professional medical associations and their relationships with industry: a proposal for controlling conflict of interest. JAMA 2009 Apr 1;301(13):1367-72.

Professional medical associations (PMAs) play an essential role in defining and advancing health care standards. Their conferences, continuing medical education courses, practice guidelines, definitions of ethical norms, and public advocacy positions carry great weight with physicians and the public. Because many PMAs receive extensive funding from pharmaceutical and device companies, it is crucial that their guidelines manage both real and perceived conflict of interests. … The recommendations are rigorous and would require many PMAs to transform their mode of operation and perhaps, to forgo valuable activities. To maintain integrity, sacrifice may be required. Nevertheless, these changes are in the best interest of the PMAs, the profession, their members, and the larger society.

The August 19 2009 issue of JAMA includes a number of letters [by subscription only] in response to this article, entitled Industry Support and Professional Medical Associations [scroll down]:

Norman Kahn JAMA. 2009;302(7):737; Peter C. Lombardo JAMA. 2009;302(7):737-738; Walker L. Ray; Robert L. Addleton JAMA. 2009;302(7):738; Robert H. Jackson JAMA. 2009;302(7):738; C. Daniel Smith; Jo Buyske; Mark A. Talamini JAMA. 2009;302(7):738-739; David J. Rothman; Walter J. McDonald JAMA. 2009;302(7):739.

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