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About Us

PharmedOut is a Georgetown University Medical Center project that advances evidence-based prescribing and educates healthcare professionals about pharmaceutical marketing practices.

Our goals are to:

  • Document and disseminate information about how pharmaceutical companies influence prescribing
  • Foster access to unbiased information about drugs
  • Encourage physicians to choose pharma-free CME

Who We Are

PharmedOut is led by a team of academic physicians; our volunteer network includes nurses, pharmacists, industry insiders, students and others. Contact PharmedOut

Adriane Fugh-Berman, Director
Alessandra Hirsch, Project Manager
Nicole Dubowitz, Newsletter Editor

What We Do

Annual Reports:

We provide lectures at Grand Rounds, meetings, medical student events, and conferences such as the following:

We provide access to free, web-based, pharma-free CME enough for any physician in the U.S to fulfill annual CME requirements without taking industry-funded courses. Here are links to more than 200 more credits of web-based, free, pharma-free CME.

We provide news, information, and resources, including our own slideshows, videos, and other audio-visual material, reading recommendations, resources for unbiased drug information, factsheets, and tools for teaching including the popular Drug Ad Bingo.

  • Our Newsletter rounds up the latest PharmedOut updates, commentary, pharma marketing news, and more.

  • Our slideshows are open access and available for anyone to see, download, or use (we only ask that you credit us.) See Permissions.

  • Our Teaching tools (including Drug Ad Bingo) and Patient Factsheets (including Fast Facts on Generic Drugs and Prescription Drug Marketing: What Consumers Need to Know) are available.

  • Our journal articles include:
    Haunting the Medical Literature: How ghostwriting sold HRT
    Why Lunch Matters
    Ethical Considerations of Publication Planning in the Pharmaceutical Industry
    Prescription Tracking and Public Health
    Following the Script: How Drug Reps Make Friends and Influence Doctor
    Off-Label Promotion, On-Target Sales
  • Our PharmedOut videos, provide illuminating glimpses behind the scenes through interviews with former and current industry insiders.

  • Read PharmedOut’s quotes and coverage in the media.

Disclosure: Dr. Fugh-Berman is a paid expert witness in litigation regarding pharmaceutical marketing practices.

Our Videos

Pharma Insider Part II
Opposition research
Watch on YouTube
(read transcript)

Pharma Insider Part I
Off-label promotion under the radar
Watch on YouTube
(read transcript)

The Art of Medical Writing
Pharma's anonymous writers
Watch on YouTube

Drug Reps Talk Shop Part II
Drug reps continue their chat
Watch on YouTube

Drug Reps Talk Shop Part I
Selling drugs to docs
Watch on YouTube

Director of PharmedOut Explains the Project
Watch on YouTube

Zyprexa Drug Rep Tells All
Shahram Ahari describes how he sold the drug
Watch on YouTube

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