Thursday, August 13, 2009

Testosterone and CME

From the Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel article "UW tied to male hormone marketing":
A rash of television commercials in recent months have told millions of middle-age men that their diminished sex life and somber mood may be the result of low levels of testosterone.

Setting the stage for the ads was a series of medical journal articles that first appeared four years ago. The articles, which were sponsored by the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, read more like promotions than rigorous research, touting the benefits of testosterone and downplaying the risks.

While the TV commercials were intended for consumers, the medical articles were written for thousands of doctors who could earn continuing medical education credit by reading them. Presumably, they also would write more testosterone prescriptions.
Click here to access the MWSJ article. Click here to access Dr. Carlat's blog posting on this news item.

No comments: