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Comment & Response
April 23/30, 2014

Financial Relationships Between Medical Communication Companies and Industry—Reply

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York, New York
JAMA. 2014;311(16):1692-1693. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.2331

In Reply We believe Dr Kopelow misrepresents our methods and analysis. We explored the financial relationships between the pharmaceutical industry and MCCs, whose primary business is disseminating information about disease prevention and management. Our article does not focus on the ACCME. It is mentioned once and Kopelow misstates the sentence: “The authors asserted that the organizations in their report are all ACCME accredited.” We wrote that the top 18 MCC industry grant recipients (not all 363 MCC recipients) were “approved” by the ACCME to deliver CME. We said “approved” because 2 of the top recipients were “joint sponsors” of CME.1

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