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Hotel workers lobby to stop Big Pharma funding for CME

Unite Here, a union that represents about 270,000 hotel workers, kicked off a program to stop pharma’s funding of CME courses.
The group is collecting petition signatures in more than 30 cities across the U.S. and gathering support via its website, « No More Drug Money », to pressure the Accrediting Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to change the status quo.
We are sick of the ballooning cost of healthcare in the United States, and we are sick of doctors prescribing brand name drugs when cheaper generic alternatives would do just fine.
CME has been a major focus for pharmaceutical dollars. The ACCME reported that the drug and device industry spent $736 million on CME in 2011, about one third of the total spending. That’s actually down from what it used to be, but there’s still a long way to go.
This summer is the one-year anniversary of the Sunshine Act’s Open Payments website. In honor of the anniversary, we are calling for an end to drug money in CME.

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