CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION
H. PhRMA Code and AMA Guidelines
PhRMA and the AMA have their own guidelines concerning industry
support for CME, which largely defer to the ACCME standards. 121 The
PhRMA Code provides that a drug company’s CME grant-making should
be completely separate from its sales and marketing departments. 122
Moreover, the Code provides that a drug company should develop objective
criteria for making CME grant decisions to ensure that programs funded by
the company are bona fide educational programs and that the financial
support is not an inducement to prescribe or recommend a particular
drug. 123 The company should not provide any advice or guidance to the
CME provider regarding the content or faculty for a particular CME
program funded by the company. 124 The PhRMA Code also provides that
companies should not offer financial support for the costs of travel, lodging,
or other personal expenses of non-faculty healthcare professionals attending
the event, nor should money be offered for time spent participating at the
CME event. 125
The AMA’s guidelines concerning financial relationships between
Industry and CME providers offer similar voluntary standards for
physicians who organize or speak at CME activities. 126 The AMA
guidelines state that physicians should be transparent about financial
relationships that could influence educational activities and that the
processes for making decisions about participation by physicians who may
have a financial interest in the CME content should be transparent. 127 The
guidelines also emphasize giving preference for faculty or content
developer positions to similarly qualified experts without a financial interest
in the subject matter. 128
Though the PhRMA and AMA guidelines reflect efforts to encourage
physicians and Industry parties involved in planning CME activities to
121. See PHRMA CODE, supra note 17, at 6. The medical device industry has a similar
code governing interactions with health care providers. See also ANVAMED, CODE OF
ETHICS ON INTERACTIONS WITH HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS (2009), available at
professionals (click “Open”).
122. Id. at 6.
123. Id. at 2, 10.
124. Id. at 4.
126. SeeAM.MED.ASS’NCOUNCIL ONETHICAL&JUDICIALAFFAIRS,FINANCIAL
RELATIONSHIPS WITH INDUSTRY IN CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION (2011), available at
127. See id. at 6, 9.
128. Id. at 9.