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September 3, 2003

Industry Sponsorship of Continuing Medical Education—Reply

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Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie, MD, PhD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2003;290(9):1149. doi:10.1001/jama.290.9.1149-a

To the Editor: In his Commentary on the influence of the drug industry on continuing medical education (CME), Dr Relman1 argued that industry-sponsored medical education and communication companies (MECCs) exist solely for commercial purposes.

We disagree, and find nothing in his commentary to support that conclusion. To quote Relman, we believe that "in the absence of evidence to support that assumption, it is an insult to our nation's leading medical professionals" and to the professionals employed by MECCs to dismiss the value of MECC-produced CME on the basis of innuendo.

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