Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie,
MD, PhD, Senior Editor.
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.
Boyce KJ, Parochka J, Overstreet K. Industry Sponsorship of Continuing Medical Education—Reply. JAMA. 2003;290(9):1149. doi:10.1001/jama.290.9.1149-a