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In the JAMA article, a remark I made at the 11th
National Conference of the NCPIE was misquoted. In actuality, I said that all 33 of the original steering committee organizations that drafted the Action Plan for the Provision of Useful Prescription Medicine Information were invited to participate in an implementation meeting convened by NCPIE following the acceptance of the MedGuide by the secretary of the DHHS. Of the 5 organizations signing the above letter, the Citizen Advocacy Center attended our coalition meeting. Representatives of both the AIDS Treatment Data Network and the Center for Medical Consumers were unable to attend because of schedule conflicts, but they had expressed interest in participating. In all, 2 dozen organizations attended the implementation meeting.
The NCPIE is a unique, broad-based, voluntary coalition with members that represent consumer organizations, health care professionals, voluntary health agencies, the pharmaceutical industry, managed care organizations, and the FDA.
Bullman R. The National Council on Patient Information and Education-Reply. JAMA. 1997;278(18):1492. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03550180042027