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 exposé 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 exposé 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 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 master’s program in natural products within the Department of Pharmacology and Physiology. She wrote the first chapter on alternative medicine to appear in Harrison’s 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 women’s 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 Women’s 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.
Reprints of the following articles available by clicking on the link:
Fugh-Berman A, McDonald CP, Bell AM, Bethards EC, Scialli AR. Promotional Tone in Reviews of Menopausal Hormone Therapy After the Women’s 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 A, Ahari S. Following the Script: How Drug Reps Make Friends and Influence Doctors. PLoS Medicine; April 2007;(4)4:e150.
Fugh-Berman A, Dodgson S. The ethics of publication planning in the pharmaceutical industry. Open Medicine 2008;4(5): e40-43.
Fugh-Berman A, Bythrow, J. Bioidentical Hormones for Menopausal Hormone Therapy: Variation on a Theme. J Gen Int Med 2007; 22(7):1030-1034.
Baker D, Fugh-Berman A. Do new drugs increase life expectancy? A critique of a Manhattan Institute report. J Gen Int Med 2009;24(5):678-682.
Fugh-Berman A, Batt S. “This may sting a bit”: cutting CME’s ties to pharma. Virtual Mentor June 2006;8:412-415.
Fugh-Berman A, Alladin K, Chow J. Advertising in medical journals: should current practices change? PLoS Medicine 2006;3(6): e130.
Drug companies have persuaded gynecologists to believe, against science, that estrogen benefits women's health...
Fugh-Berman A, Scialli A. Gynecologists and estrogen: an affair of the heart. Perspectives in Biology and Medicine 2006 (Winter);49(1 (386.2KB)
Pharmaceutical companies write articles "authored" by academics...
Fugh-Berman A. The Corporate Coauthor. J Gen Int Med 2005;20(6):546-548. (45.2KB)
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, 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)
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, Ernst E. Herb-drug interactions: review and assessment of report reliability. Br J Clin Pharm 2001;52: 587-595. (91.0KB)
Fugh-Berman A. Echinacea for the prevention and treatment of upper respiratory infections. Seminars in Integrative Medicine 2003;1(2):106-111. (79.7KB)
Fugh-Berman A, Cott J. Dietary supplements and natural products as psychotherapeutic agents. Psychosomatic Medicine 1999;61:712-728. (366.0KB)
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)
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. 285-29 (139.4KB)
Fugh-Berman A, Pearson C. The overselling of hormone replacement therapy. Pharmacotherapy 2002 Sep;22(9):1205-8. (62.1KB)
Other selected articles (available by request)
Bauguess S, Fugh-Berman A.Case report: treatment of male subfertility with dietary supplements. Am Fam Physician. 2012 Nov 1;86(9):800-2.
Gupta S, Fugh-Berman AJ, Scialli A.Ethics and eplerenone. J Med Ethics. 2012 Sep 26.
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 Residences Regarding Industry Interactions. Academic Medicine. May 2011;86(5):649-654.
Fugh-Berman A, Scialli A, Bell AM. Why Lunch Matters: Assessing physician’s perceptions about industry relationships. J Cont Ed Health Professions 2010 (Summer);30(3): 197-204.
Fugh-Berman A. Prescribing Evidence: the Effectiveness and Safety of New Drugs (Editorial).American Family Physician 2010(82):1.
Fugh-Berman A. Don't be 'mis-led': Few herbal products have been implicated in lead poisoning (Editorial). J Gen Intern Med 2009 Nov;24(11).
Fugh-Berman A. Rosuvastatin in patients with elevated C-Reactive protein (letter). NEJM 2009; 360:1038-1042.
Fugh-Berman AJ, Melnick D. Is long-term use of antismoking drugs consistent with public health goals or pharmaceutical marketing goals? (letter). Ann Int Med 2008 Dec 2;149(11):838.
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;10(6):507-515.