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Medical News & Perspectives
May 13, 2009

Associations Say No to Industry Funding

JAMA. 2009;301(18):1865-1866. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.608

Amid increasing calls in the medical community to eliminate industry bias— real or perceived—from medical education, some professional associations are choosing to forgo industry funding related to educational activities. At the same time, legislators are stepping up efforts to expose conflicts of interest in the medical profession and to provide alternative funding for physician education.

In late March, the board of trustees of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) voted to phase out industry-supported symposia and meals at the organization's annual meetings. Nada L. Stotland, MD, MPH, president of the association, said the decision to end industry funding of medical education has been in the works for more than a year. In March 2008, before starting her tenure as president, Stotland convened a working group to assess all funding the organization was receiving from pharmaceutical companies and what industry funding could be eliminated.