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June 2010

Doctors Debate Role of Industry Money In Funding Physician Education

Lawyers who bring claims for persons hurt by defective medical devices and drugs have long known that both industries provide significant funds---to the tune of 1.2 billion dollars---to finance continuing legal education for doctors. We also know that pharmaceutical and medical device companies sponsor educational programs for doctors that highlight their products with paid though leaders ---physicians hand-picked by industry---as presenters at these programs. But some doctors and medical schools are finally saying enough is enough---no more industry money.

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