PharmedOUT is a Georgetown University Medical Center project that advances evidence-based prescribing and educates health care professionals and students about pharmaceutical and medical device marketing practices. PharmedOUT provides educational slideshows, videos, events, and information about CME courses free of industry sponsorship.

Registration is now open for PharmedOut's Virtual Conference on June 16 - 18, 2021

PharmedOut's 2021 conference, Cutting the Cord: Curtailing Commercial Influence on Healthcare, will discuss how commercial influence on meetings, publications, and education affects what health care providers (including prescribers, pharmacists, psychologists and social workers) believe about both drugs and diseases. This year, we will focus on effective strategies for mitigating the damaging effect of industry influence on medical education and public health.

The conference will be organized around five major topics:

Rational Prescribing and Deprescribing

Medical Journals and Publication Ethics

Pharma-Free Medical Information


Legal and Legislative Action

Speakers include Jerry Avorn, MD; Ginny Barbour, DPhil; Lisa Bero, PhD; Peter Doshi, PhD; Quinn Grundy, RN, PhD; Aaron Kesselheim, MD, JD, MPH; Joel Lexchin, MD; and many more.

Call for Abstracts (Deadline Extended)

As part of the conference, there will be an abstract slam for graduate and health professional students, residents, and fellows. The selection process will be competitive and chosen presenters will have 3-5 minutes to present their original research during a conference session.

Abstracts on pharmaceutical marketing, medical device marketing, industry influence on medical or pharmacy education, industry influence on research, conflicts of interest, and closely related topics will be considered. Presenters chosen for the abstract slam will receive free registration to the conference. Presenters will be eligible for an award chosen by audience vote.

Please send your abstracts to pharmedout@gmail.com; all inquiries can be relayed to that email address. The deadline has been extended to May 20th, 2021.

All applicants will be notified by the end of May.

Click here for more instructions and guidelines.

PharmedOut's First Film screening

Medicating Normal is a compelling documentary that addresses the overprescribing and long-term problems associated with antidepressants and other psychiatric drugs. The panel discussion, with Dr. Anna Lembke, Chief of the Stanford Addiction Medicine Dual Diagnosis Clinic at Stanford University and filmmaker Lynn Cunningham, was facilitated entirely by PharmedOut interns. You can now watch the recording of the discussion here. A big thank you to all the 198 registrants who signed up and joined us for the event. For the trailer of the film and future viewing opportunities visit medicatingnormal.com.

Resource Highlights

Find the status of state legislation to address prescription drug costs with this interactive map. Use the category buttons to search by type of legislation and roll over a state to view its pending drug legislation. Download or view a chart listing 2020 legislation by state. View state action in 2019, 2018, 2017, and 2015-2016. Email information about new bills or legislative action to Sarah Lanford.

Pharma-free CME

We provide access to free online CME from the CDC, TCEO, NIH, AHRQ, and more.

Dr. Fugh-Berman and the Opioid Epidemic

The Washington Post released a documentary and companion article on the opioid epidemic and the immense corporate marketing push behind it. Dr. Fugh-Berman appears at the 2:33 minute mark commenting on how industry persuaded physicians to prescribe opioids.