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.

Join us for our conference "Making Healthy People Sick: Invented Diseases and Overtreatment" at Georgetown University Medical Center on June 14-16, 2023. 

Click here for conference agenda. 

This conference is live and in-person at Georgetown University Medical Center and there are no virtual attendance options. 

PharmedOut's latest project, the Pharmanipulation Podcast, is a new show dedicated to the topics of evidence-based medicine and industry influence on medical information and public health. 

Click here to listen to our first three episodes on Spotify! 

What Needs to Change at the FDA?

Watch our October 18th webinar on our latest report What Needs to Change at the FDA?

Click here to watch the webinar.

Pharma-Free CME Activity

"Mild Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer's: First, do no harm" is an online continuing education activity that covers new Alzheimer's treatments and how to best care for dementia patients.

Click here to for more information.

What Needs to Change at the FDA?

PharmedOut's report makes recommendations on how to improve regulatory procedures of the US Food and Drug Administration. 

Click here for more information. 

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. 

Click here to watch on YouTube

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. 

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.