Adriane Fugh-Berman, MD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Physiology and in the Department of Family Medicine at Georgetown University Medical Center. As director of PharmedOut, a GUMC research and education project that promotes rational prescribing and exposes the effect of pharmaceutical marketing on prescribing practices, Dr. Fugh-Berman leads a team of volunteer professionals that has had a profound impact on prescribers perceptions of the adverse consequences of industry marketing.
Dr. Fugh-Berman is the lead author on key articles on physician-industry relationships, including a national survey of industry interactions with family medicine residencies, an expos9 of how ghostwritten articles in the medical literature were used to sell menopausal hormone therapy, an analysis of how key opinion leaders are used to market drugs off-label, an expos9 of drug rep tactics (all in PLoS Medicine), a discussion of prescription tracking in the Journal of General Internal Medicine and an explanation of industry digital options publication planning in Open Medicine. An article in the Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions documents the effect of Why Lunch Matters, a PharmedOut presentation that is the first to document a significant change in physicians perceptions about their own individual vulnerability to pharmaceutical marketing.
An expert on botanical medicine and dietary supplements, Dr. Fugh-Berman co-directs a masters program in natural products within the Department of Pharmacology and Physiology. She wrote the first chapter on alternative medicine to appear in Harrisons Principles of Internal Medicine, and authored the first clinicians reference text on dietary supplements, the 5-Minute Herb and Dietary Supplement Consult (Lippincott, Williams and Williams, 2003), as well as an evidence-based book aimed at consumers, Alternative Medicine: What Works (Williams and Wilkins, 1997). She consults on dietary supplements for the NIH National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, the Federal Trade Commission, and various federal and state agencies.
Dr. Fugh-Berman directs the Urban Herbs project, which maintains four gardens on the Georgetown medical campus to demonstrate urban gardening, xericulture and permaculture techniques, plant-pollinator interactions, and the effects of microclimates. The gardens combine Western and Asian medicinal plants, culinary herbs, prairie wildflowers, fruits, and unusual ornamentals.
Previously, Dr. Fugh-Berman was a medical officer in the Contraception and Reproductive Health Branch of the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development, NIH. She has also worked with the nonprofit Reproductive Toxicology Center and edited an award-winning CME newsletter on womens health. Dr. Fugh-Berman graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine and completed a family medicine internship in the Residency Program in Social Medicine at Montefiore Hospital in the Bronx.
In addition to dozens of articles in peer-reviewed literature, Dr. Fugh-Berman coauthored The Truth about Hormone Therapy (Prima, 2002) and co-edited The Teratology Primer (Teratology Society, 2005). Dr. Fugh-Berman is the former chair of and currently writes a column for the National Womens Health Network, a consumer advocacy group that takes no money from industry. Dr. Fugh-Berman has appeared on 20/20, the Today Show, and every major news network.
The following articles are available by clicking on the links:
Fugh-Berman A. How Basic Scientists help the pharmaceutical industry market drugs. PLOS Biology 2013: November 19.
Sah, S, Fugh-Berman A. Physicians under the influence: Social psychology and industry marketing strategies. Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics 2013: 41(3):665-672.
Fugh-Berman A. How basic scientists help the pharmaceutical industry market drugs. PLOS Biology 2013: November 19.
Bauguess S, Fugh-Berman A. Case report: treatment of male subfertility with dietary supplements. Am Fam Physician. 2012 Nov 1;86(9):800-2.
Fugh-Berman A, Siwek J. Compromising the Medical Literature: The Hidden Influence of Industry-Biased Articles (editorial). American Family Physician 2011 (September);84;5:489-90.
Fugh-Berman A, Brown SR, Trippett R, Bell AM, Clark P, Fleg A, Siwek J. Closing the door on pharma? A national survey of family medicine residencies regarding industry interactions. Acad Med. 2011 May;86(5):649-54
Fugh-Berman A, McDonald CP, Bell AM, Bethards EC, Scialli AR. Promotional Tone in Reviews of Menopausal Hormone Therapy After the Womens Health Initiative: An Analysis of Published Articles. PLOS Med. March 2011;8(3).
Fugh-Berman AJ (2010) The Haunting of Medical Journals: How Ghostwriting Sold HRT. PLoS Med 7(9): e1000335.
Fugh-Berman AJ, Scialli AR, Bell AM. Why lunch matters: assessing physicians' perceptions about industry relationships. J Contin Educ Health Prof. 2010 Summer;30(3):197-204
Fugh-Berman A. Prescribing evidence: the efficacy and safety of new drugs. Am Fam Physician. 2010 Jul 1;82(1):37.
Baker D, Fugh-Berman A. Do new drugs increase life expectancy? A critique of a Manhattan Institute paper. J Gen Intern Med. 2009 May;24(5):678-82. doi: 10.1007/s11606-009-0954-4.
Fugh-Berman A.Don't be 'mis-led': few herbal products have been implicated in lead poisoning. J Gen Intern Med. 2009 Nov;24(11):1259-60.
Fugh-Berman A. Rosuvastatin in patients with elevated C-reactive protein (letter) . N Engl J Med. 2009 Mar 5;360(10):1038-9; author reply 1041-2
Fugh-Berman A, Dodgson S. The ethics of publication planning in the pharmaceutical industry. Open Medicine 2008;4(5): e40-43.
Fugh- Berman A, Ahari S. Following the Script: How Drug Reps Make Friends and Influence Doctors. PLoS Medicine; April 2007;(4)4:e150.
Fugh-Berman A, Bythrow, J. Bioidentical Hormones for Menopausal Hormone Therapy: Variation on a Theme. J Gen Int Med 2007; 22(7):1030-1034.
Fugh-Berman A, Batt S. This may sting a bit: cutting CMEs ties to pharma. Virtual Mentor June 2006;8:412-415.
Fugh-Berman A, Lione A, Scialli AR. Do no harm: avoidance of herbal medicines during pregnancy. (letter). Obstet Gynecol. 2005 Aug;106(2):409-10; author reply 410-1
Fugh-Berman A, Alladin K, Chow J. Advertising in medical journals: should current practices change? PLoS Medicine 2006;3(6): e130.
Fugh-Berman AJ, Melnick D. Is long-term use of antismoking drugs consistent with public health goals or pharmaceutical marketing goals? Ann Intern Med. 2008 Dec 2;149(11):838.
Fugh-Berman A, Scialli A. Gynecologists and estrogen: an affair of the heart. Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 2006 (Winter);49(1 (386.2KB)
Fugh-Berman A, Balick MJ, Kronenberg F, Ososki AL, O'Connor B, Reiff M, Roble M, Lohr P, Brosi BJ, Lee R. Treatment of fibroids: the use of beets (Beta vulgaris) and molasses (Saccharum officinarum) as an herbal therapy by Dominican healers in NYC
Fugh-Berman A, Kronenberg F. Red clover (Trifolium pratense) for menopausal women: current state of knowledge.
Fugh-Berman A, Myers A. Citrus aurantium, an ingredient of dietary supplements marketed for weight loss: current status of clinical and basic research. Exp Biol Med 2004;229: 698-704. (89.0KB)
Fugh-Berman A, Balick MJ, Kronenberg F, et al. Treatment of fibroids: the use of beets (Beta vulgaris) and molasses (Saccharum officinarum) as an herbal therapy by Dominican healers in New York City.J Ethnopharmacology 2004;92:337-339 (48.0KB)
Fugh-Berman A, Kronenberg F. Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in reproductive-age women: a review of randomized controlled trials. Repro Tox 2003;17(2): 137-152. (137.8KB)
Keenan NL, Mark S, Fugh-Berman A, Browne D, Kaczmarczyk J, Hunter C. Severity of menopausal symptoms and use of both conventional and complementary/alternative therapies. Menopause. 2003 Nov-Dec;10(6):507-15.
Fugh-Berman A. Echinacea for the prevention and treatment of upper respiratory infections. Seminars in Integrative Medicine 2003;1(2):106-111. (79.7KB)
Scialli A, Fugh-Berman A. The effects of oral estriol on the endometrium in postmenopausal women. Maturitas. 2003 Jun 30;45(2):147 (letter).
Kronenberg F, Fugh-Berman A. Complementary and alternative medicine for menopausal symptoms: a review of randomized controlled trials. Ann Int Med 2002;137:805-813. (133.6KB)
Fugh-Berman A, Pearson C. The overselling of hormone replacement therapy. Pharmacotherapy 2002 Sep;22(9):1205-8. (62.1KB)
Fugh-Berman A.Herbal Supplements: Indications, Clinical Concerns, and Safety. Nutr Today. 2002 May-Jun;37(3):122-124.
Ososki AL, Lohr P, Reiff M, Balick MJ, Kronenberg F, Fugh-Berman A, O'Connor B. Ethnobotanical literature survey of medicinal plants in the Dominican Republic used for women's health conditions. J Ethnopharmacology 2002 (March); 79(3) pp. 28 (139.4KB)
Awang DV, Fugh-Berman A. Herbal interactions with cardiovascular drugs.J Cardiovasc Nurs. 2002 Jul;16(4):64-70.
Ernst E, Fugh-Berman A. Complementary and alternative medicine: what is it all about? Occup Environ Med. 2002 Feb;59(2):140-4
Fugh-Berman A, Ernst E. Herb-drug interactions: review and assessment of report reliability. Br J Clin Pharm 2001;52: 587-595. (91.0KB)
Pan CX, Morrison RS, Ness J, Fugh-Berman A, Leipzig RM. Complementary and alternative medicine in the management of pain, dyspnea, and nausea and vomiting near the end of life. A systematic review.. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2000 Nov;20(5):374-87.
Fugh-Berman A. Herbs and dietary supplements in the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disease.. Prev Cardiol. 2000 Winter;3(1):24-32.
Fugh-Berman A, Cott J. Dietary supplements and natural products as psychotherapeutic agents. Psychosomatic Medicine 1999;61:712-728. (366.0KB)
Ernst E, Fugh-Berman A. Complementary and alternative medicine needs an evidence base before regulation. West J Med. 1999 Sep;171(3):149-50.
Fugh-Berman A. Herbal medicinals: selected clinical considerations, focusing on known or potential drug-herb interactions (letter). Arch Intern Med. 1999 Sep 13;159(16):1957-8 (letter).
Cott JM, Fugh-Berman A.Is St. John's wort (Hypericum perforatum) an effective antidepressant? J Nerv Ment Dis. 1998 Aug;186(8):500-1.
Fugh-Berman A, Epstein S. Tamoxifen: disease prevention or disease substitution? Lancet. 1992 Nov 7;340(8828):1143-5.
Fugh-Berman A, Epstein S. Should healthy women take tamoxifen? (letter). N Engl J Med. 1992 Nov 26;327(22):1596-7.
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