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September 22, 2009

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You seriously misrepresent the point I made in my blog CardioBrief when I wrote that “the vast majority of the grants are relatively small– in the $1,000 – 5,000 range– and generally cover grand rounds and other similar activities.” You conveniently gloss over the fact that the vast majority of the actual money went to large grants to large CME providers who have a conflict of impossible that is impossible to manage, given the large sums involved.

I won't enter here and now into a discussion of the many additional errors of fact and logic in this posting, but I publicly challenge you (following my private invitation which you ignored) to debate this issue. We could easily arrange a blog-to-blog debate.

Re: your comment that "Editors who criticize CME and industry like JAMA, IOM and Carlat hold to a religious tenant that companies can develop drugs but should not be involved in marketing or education." This is an overstatement. JAMA certainly supports companies marketing their drugs, otherwise they wouldn't accept drug ads. I too, support good healthy marketing in the form of ads, exhibit booths at meetings, etc.... Education is a different kettle of fish, and should be left to the profession.

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