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American Medical Student Association Celebrates National PharmFree Week, November 14-18

AMSA National PharmFree Week (NPFW) is back stronger than ever!

Launched in 2002, AMSA’s PharmFree Campaign encourages medical schools and academic medical centers to develop policies that encourage evidence-based prescribing and industry partnership for research innovation while reducing the impact of marketing, gifting and conflicts of interest.

The 2011 NPFW features:

  • Microgrant support for students in Texas, Arizona, Tennessee, Ohio, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maryland and New York to host local projects throughout the week
  • 3 day Pharmaceutical Policy Leadership in Medicine Institute in January to train student leaders on conflict of interest issues
  • Second Slide Campaign to encourage students to advocate for disclosure of conflicts of interest by faculty during their training
  • FDA’s Bad Ad Campaign to encourage healthcare professionals to recognize and report potentially dishonest or misleading drug promotion.
  • PharmFree Scorecard, a first-of-its-kind ranking which evaluates conflict-of-interest policies at medical colleges nationwide (go to


"Our goal is to change the culture of medicine from relying on the convenience of marketing and the luxury of free gifts to a culture which puts patients first by prioritizing evidence-based medicine."

Tim Anderson

AMSA PharmFree Campaign Chair
Fourth year medical student at Case Western Reserve University

What will YOU be doing for NPFW? Go to for more info!

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