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Capitol Health Call
September 17, 2008

Academic Detailing Bill

JAMA. 2008;300(11):1290. doi:10.1001/jama.300.11.1290-c

Legislation that would provide grants to produce education materials for physicians on the safety, efficacy, and cost of prescription drugs was introduced in Congress on July 31. The Independent Drug Education and Outreach Act of 2008 (S 3396, HR 6752 [http://thomas.loc.gov]) would also provide up to 10 other grants to dispatch trained medical staff (such as pharmacists, nurses, and other health care professionals) to physician offices for the purpose of distributing and discussing the independent information. These “academic detailers” would not be allowed to receive financial support from any pharmaceutical manufacturers they are reviewing.