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.
Making Healthy People Sick:
Invented Diseases and Overtreatment
Mark your calendars!
PharmedOut's next conference will be held in-person next year at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. on June 15-16, 2023. More information coming soon — be sure to check this page periodically for updates.
How Pharma Grooms Patients and Advocacy Groups to Sell Drugs
Learn from advocates from the US and Canada about how industry uses individual patients and patient advocacy organizations to affect perceptions about drug efficacy and harms.
Pharma Marketing Resources
PharmedOut, with support from Kaiser Permanente, is pleased to announce our Pharma Marketing Hub, which contains factsheets and literature summaries on 15 pharmaceutical marketing topics. Click here for more information and to download helpful resources.
Thanks for joining us at our 2021 Conference!
Check out these behind the scenes photos from this year's virtual conference, Cutting the Cord: Curtailing Commercial Influence on Healthcare.
To see our agenda and learn more about our speakers, please visit our conference homepage.
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.
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.
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.