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Columbia Study Shows Medical Communication Companies’ Receive Substantial Financial Support from Drug and Device Companies

Eighteen medical communication companies (MCCs) received about $100 million from 13 pharmaceutical firms and one device company that released data in 2010, according to Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health’s Dr. Sheila Rothman, professor of sociomedical sciences and colleagues. All or most of the 18 MCCs were for profit, conducted continuing medical education programs, and tracked website behavior, with some  third party information sharing, according to the study published in the December 18 issue of JAMA.