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
Alycia Hogenmiller, Project Manager
Alessandra Hirsch, Project Consultant

What We Do

Annual Reports:

2016 Annual Report

2015 Annual Report

2014 Annual Report

2013 Annual Report

2012 Annual Report

2011 Annual Report

2010 Annual Report

We provide lectures at Grand Rounds, meetings, medical student events, and

Conferences

2015 The Real Risks of Rx Drugs

2013 Medical Behavior in a Commercial World: Who is Responsible?

2012 Missing the Target: When Practitioners Harm More Than Heal

2011 Pharma Knows Best? Managing Medical Knowledge

2010 Rx For Conflict

Conference DVDs can be ordered here while supplies last. Invite PharmedOut to speak (Lecture Topics)

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.