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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Continuing medical education and then some…

First the serious stuff: Just back from taking the Continuing Medical Education courses at the Javits Center in Manhattan.

Two and a half days attending lectures on important topics in the management of conditions which concern so many of us, such as diabetes, heart disease, COPD, sleep disorders, high cholesterol, low back pain, and the metabolic syndrome.

It doesn't matter how much you know, there's always something new you bring back with you from these courses.

And the patients benefit from it.

And now to the ridiculous: You must already know some of the restrictions placed on pharmaceutical companies promotional "giveaways" to physicians. They used to give away trips, tickets to Broadway shows, and engage in other promotional activities which are now considered unethical (don't get me wrong, I'm not taking sides or expressing my opinion here).

At the Javits center meetings, some drug manufacturers were allowed to offer minor refreshments such as coffee and nuts. At several stands, the following sign (or a version of it) was posted: Due to State regulations, we can not serve complimentary beverages to health care providers licensed in the state of Minnesota…

Don't the legislators and regulators have something better to do?

Twitter / Dr. Staw