Ed Silverman at Pharmalot recently wrote a great post on the ethical challenges inherent in Continuing Medical Education (CME) programs. He says CME lies at
the delicate intersection where drugmakers, doctors and money all meet, which explains why so many politicians, consumer advocates and academics complain about corruption. The issue haunts drugmakers even as they scramble for ways to educate docs about their meds.
Bottom line: Big Pharma buys doctors off to get them to promote their products at supposedly neutral educational sessions.17