Public Release:  PharmedOut conference to address responsibilities of physicians, industry and journals

Georgetown University Medical Center

WASHINGTON -- PharmedOut announces its fourth annual conference, "Medical Behavior in a Commercial World: Who is Responsible?" focusing on the responsibilities of health care providers, journals, industry and others in ensuring that patients receive the best treatments.

What: Presentations, panels and discussions on accountability within the health care system and marketing influences on patient care. Speakers include:

  • Marcia Angell, MD, former editor-in-chief, New England Journal of Medicine; author, "The Truth About Drug Companies;" senior lecturer at Harvard Medical School
  • Michael Kafrissen, MD, MPH, research scientist, MIT AgeLab, and former pharmaceutical executive
  • Stephen Braun, freelance medical writer and ghostwriter
  • Carl Elliott MD, PhD, author, "White Coat, Black Hat" and "Better Than Well;" professor, Center for Bioethics, professor, departments of pediatrics and philosophy, University of Minnesota
  • Virginia Barbour, MD, chief editor, PLOS Medicine
  • Charles Ornstein, senior reporter, ProPublica; president, Association of Health Care Journalists
  • Diana Zuckerman, PhD, president, National Research Center for Women and Families
  • Daniel Carlat, MD, director, Pew Prescription Project

Topics will include opioid overuse, medical devices, ghostwriting, the Physician Payments Sunshine Act and pharmacist-industry relationships. The full agenda is available at

When: Thursday, June 6, and Friday, June 7, 2013, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Where: Lohrfink Auditorium in the Hariri Building, Georgetown University, 37th and O Streets, NW, Washington, DC, 20057.

Complimentary registration is available for credentialed journalists by contacting Karen Mallet at


Funding for the conference is provided by Georgetown University Medical Center, the Southern Network on Adverse Reactions and individual donations.

About PharmedOut

PharmedOut is a project of volunteer health professionals and students who promote evidence-based prescribing, educate health care professionals about pharmaceutical marketing practices, and provide access to unbiased information about medications. The project is led by Adriane Fugh-Berman, MD, associate professor of pharmacology and physiology at Georgetown University Medical Center.

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