Cost recovery trumps concerns about conflicted interest

Kondro, Wayne
July 2008
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;7/29/2008, Vol. 179 Issue 3, p225
Academic Journal
The article reports that the there is no need for restrictive guidelines in the policies that Canadian medical schools have toward pharmaceutical and medical devices handouts for medical education because the level of abuse is not as severe as the 49th parallel. It states that Canadian medical schools detest to any adoption of a prohibition on handouts mainly because they rely on registration fees or industry subsidies to pay for continuing medical education programs. According to Dr. Gavin Stuart, dean of medicine at the University of British Columbia, the subsidies and handouts of the U.S. and Canada are not of the same order of magnitude, therefore, it should not be patterned to those guidelines.


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