Are CME providers being used by the pharmaceutical industry to legitimize a treatment for a condition that isn’t really a disease? Did GlaxoSmithKline “invent” irritable bowel syndrome in part by underwriting CME on the subject? These uncomfortable questions have been raised in a new article appearing in the April 13 issue of the British Medical Journal. A lot of money can be made from healthy people who believe they are sick. Pharmaceutical companies sponsor diseases and promote them to ...

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