International Regulations Put the Squeeze on Medical Meetings

On the international front, budget cuts and stricter marketing guidelines are forcing pharma companies to curtail funding of medical congresses .

Medical society meetings around the world have long relied on support from the pharmaceutical industry in the form of sponsorships, exhibits, and funding for delegates' travel expenses. Although American Medical Association and Accreditation Council for CME guidelines prohibit U.S. doctors from receiving pharma company subsidies to pay their way to CME conferences, non-U.S. physicians are under no such restrictions — and medical associations, including those within the U.S. that draw internat

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