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Financial Relationships Between Medical Communication Companies and Industry—Reply

Sheila M. Rothman, PhD1
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1Department of Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York, New York
JAMA. 2014;311(16):1692-1693. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.2331.
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In Reply We believe Dr Kopelow misrepresents our methods and analysis. We explored the financial relationships between the pharmaceutical industry and MCCs, whose primary business is disseminating information about disease prevention and management. Our article does not focus on the ACCME. It is mentioned once and Kopelow misstates the sentence: “The authors asserted that the organizations in their report are all ACCME accredited.” We wrote that the top 18 MCC industry grant recipients (not all 363 MCC recipients) were “approved” by the ACCME to deliver CME. We said “approved” because 2 of the top recipients were “joint sponsors” of CME.1

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April 23, 2014
Neil Love, MD
1Research to Practice, Miami, Florida
JAMA. 2014;311(16):1692. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.2314.
April 23, 2014
Murray Kopelow, MD, MS (Comm)
1Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, Chicago, Illinois
JAMA. 2014;311(16):1691-1692. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.2328.
December 18, 2013
Sheila M. Rothman, PhD; Karen F. Brudney, MD; Whitney Adair, BA; David J. Rothman, PhD
1Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York, New York
2College of Physicians and Surgeons, Columbia University, New York, New York
JAMA. 2013;310(23):2554-2558. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.281638.
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