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Students Across the Country Call on Medical Schools to Address

American Medical Student Association Celebrates National PharmFree Week, November 14-18

AMSA National PharmFree Week (NPFW) is back stronger than ever!

Launched in 2002, AMSA’s PharmFree Campaign encourages medical schools and academic medical centers to develop policies that encourage evidence-based prescribing and industry partnership for research innovation while reducing the impact of marketing, gifting and conflicts of interest.

The 2011 NPFW features:

  • Microgrant support for students in Texas, Arizona, Tennessee, Ohio, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maryland and New York to host local projects throughout the week
  • 3 day Pharmaceutical Policy Leadership in Medicine Institute in January to train student leaders on conflict of interest issues
  • Second Slide Campaign to encourage students to advocate for disclosure of conflicts of interest by faculty during their training
  • FDA’s Bad Ad Campaign to encourage healthcare professionals to recognize and report potentially dishonest or misleading drug promotion.
  • PharmFree Scorecard, a first-of-its-kind ranking which evaluates conflict-of-interest policies at medical colleges nationwide (go to www.amsascorecard.org)

Remember:

"Our goal is to change the culture of medicine from relying on the convenience of marketing and the luxury of free gifts to a culture which puts patients first by prioritizing evidence-based medicine."

Tim Anderson

AMSA PharmFree Campaign Chair
Fourth year medical student at Case Western Reserve University

What will YOU be doing for NPFW? Go to http://www.amsa.org/AMSA/Homepage/Events/NPFW.aspx for more info!

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