Just Medicine Campaign
No Kick Backs. No Speakers Bureaus. No Free Samples.
Just Medicine, formerly known as the PharmFree Campaign, continues to reflect AMSA’s values, ambitions and goals in putting patients above profits and ensuring the most objective, evidence-based, affordable healthcare for patients. Our vision for the practice of medicine is that it is simply based on evidence, not marketing, personal gain, or any interest other than that of the patient. We seek to facilitate student engagement in work that promotes patient-centered, evidence-based clinical practice, medical education and research.
Get in Touch
Passionate about keeping industry influence out of patient care? Want to get more involved in the Just Medicine Campaign? We want to hear from you! You can write for our newsletter, host an event on campus, lobby your elected representatives, interrogate your school’s curriculum, attend a conference, write a letter to the editor, and more! We’re also looking for Steering Committee members to help guide the Campaign’s vision and focus, as well as to take the lead on activism efforts. Get in touch and contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See below for other ways to get involved in the Just Medicine Campaign:
Help Doctors Without Borders to lower the price of pneumonia vaccine!
Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV), produced by Pfizer and GSK, can help save many innocent lives but is too expansive for many developing countries. Doctors Without Borders launched a petition asking Pfizer and GSK to lower the price of pneumonia vaccine to $5 per child for all developing countries and humanitarian organizations. Sign the petition and help children to gain access to this life saving vaccine.
Just Medicine lobbies for legislation at the state and federal level that increases the transparency of industry relationships, reduces conflicts of interest, promotes evidence-based practice, and increases global access to essential medicines.
Just Medicine seeks to educate medical students on the the issue of access to medicines. Specifically, AMSA seeks to connect the market-driven practices of pharmaceutical companies to both domestic issues (conflicts of interest, marketing) and global issues (access to medicines, neglected disease research).
Just Medicine Curricula
Just Medicine has developed a Model Just Medicine Curriculum for teaching about drug development, marketing and conflict of interest. Just Medicine is also currently developing resources to assist faculty and staff looking to make these changes at their schools, including a menu of ready-made lectures/slides and other materials, as well as a list of faculty across the country who are willing to consult on curricular development.
PharmedOut: a Georgetown University Medical Center project that advances evidence-based prescribing and educates healthcare professionals about pharmaceutical marketing practices.
The Pew Charitable Trusts: Recommendations on conflict of interest policies for medical institutions