PharmedOut's 2021 conference will be held June 16-18, 2-6pm EST

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. Cutting the Cord: Curtailing Commercial Influence on Healthcare will discuss effective strategies for mitigating the damaging effect of industry influence on medical information and public health.

This virtual, three-day event, certified for continuing education credit for physicians, PAs, nurses, pharmacists, psychologists and social workers, will bring together internationally recognized experts in medicine, nursing, law, and psychology in a unique interdisciplinary conference aimed at creating and promoting solutions to undue industry influence on medical discourse.

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Please note: All press and government employees are able to attend this conference for free. If you are from the media or are a government employee and interested in attending this conference, please email:

This schedule will be updated as needed.

2021 Conference Speaker List

Jerry Avorn, MD

Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Chief emeritus, Division of Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmacoeconomics

Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Sameer Awsare, MD

Associate Executive Director, The Permanente Medical Group

Virginia Barbour, DPhil

Co-founding Editor, PLOS Medicine

Lisa Bero, PhD

Chief Scientist, Center for Bioethics and Humanities, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Melissa Christopher, PharmD

National Director, Academic Detailing, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Peter Doshi, PhD

Senior Editor, The BMJ

Dörte Gunthert, MD

Managing Editor, Prescrire International

Quinn Grundy, RN, PhD

Assistant Professor, Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto

Reuben Guttman, JD

Founding Member, Guttman, Buscher, & Brooks, PLLC

Aaron Kesselheim, MD, JD, MPH

Director, Program on Regulation, Therapeutics, and Law (PORTAL)

Joel Lexchin, MD

Professor, School of Health Policy and Management, York University

Ray Moynihan, PhD

Assistant Professor, Bond University

Thomas Perry, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor, Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics, University of British Columbia

Rita Redberg, MD

Editor-in-Chief, JAMA Internal Medicine; Professor, University of California, San Francisco

Marc Rodwin, JD, PhD

Professor of Law, Suffolk University Law School

Gordon Schiff, MD

Associate Director, Center for Patient Safety Research and Practice, Brigham and Women's Center

Paul Thacker


Harriet A. Washington

Author of Carte Blanche, Medical Apartheid, and Deadly Monopolies


In support of improving patient care, MedStar Health is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


This conference is approved for 11 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits (including CME, CE, and CPE).