Association of American Medical Colleges issues task force report on industry funding of medical education

By David Woods ( [email protected] ) The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) recently issued a 43-page report of its task force on industry funding of medical education. Sections of the report deal with site access by pharmaceutical company representatives. Specifically, the report states that “to protect patients, patient care areas, and work schedules, access…

The mean versus the gene: will national healthcare systems ever adopt personalised medicine?

By John F P Bridges While outcomes for any given treatment differ significantly among patients, national healthcare systems continue to take a top down population perspective in reviewing not only epidemiologic data but to evaluating the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of new medicines. This top down approach, coupled with a growing need for cost containment, has…