WELCOME TO PharmedOUT


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.

2021 PharmedOut Conference
Call for Abstracts

On June 16-18, 2021, PharmedOut is hosting a virtual and international conference, Cutting the Cord: Curtailing Commercial Influence on Healthcare, which will focus on creating solutions to combat industry influence. 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 for submission is April 20th, 2021.

All applicants will be notified by April 30th, 2021.

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.