Med Ed Report briefs: September 2013

Mark Evans
Mark Evans

Pri-Med hired Mark Evans, MD (pictured), as medical director. He was most recently director, division of healthcare education products & standards, American Medical Association, where he managed editorial development and planning of all AMA grant-supported CME programs and provided support for the AMA PRA credit system.

Astellas Scientific and Medical Affairs funded a two-part CME webcast on improving medication adherence and outcomes in transplant recipients. The webcast was produced by CME Outfitters. ­Astellas markets organ-rejection drug Prograf.

Researchers at UCSD found that more than half of physicians in a sample received payment for activities like speaking. They also found that when a doctor is paid, he is more likely to prescribe a drug of the paying firm, both relative to close substitutes and even generic versions of the same drug. The effect scales with transfer size.

CircleScience, a division of KnowledgePoint360, promoted Geeta Devgan, PhD, to VP, medical and scientific services. She will lead the medical and scientific services team based in the company's New York office.

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