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August 19, 2009

Industry Support and Professional Medical Associations

JAMA. 2009;302(7):737-739. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.1193

To the Editor: In their Special Communication, Dr Rothman and colleagues1 made a number of suggestions to control the real and perceived conflicts of interest encountered in PMAs. Regarding industry support of conferences and other educational meetings, they recommended that “each PMA might establish a CME committee whose members, free of all industry ties, would have the responsibility to distribute unrestricted, educational grants from industry.”