Center for Medicine in the Public Interest

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The Center for Medicine in the Public Interest (CMPI) is a non-profit medical issues research group that is partially funded by the pharmaceutical industry.[1] According to the its critics, it "was originally a project of the Pacific Research Institute, an older corporate front established in conjunction with Philip Morris to fabricate academic support for the tobacco industry."[2] CMPI's agenda is research driven and deals with clinical outcomes and econometric studies that analyze the value of new medicines and genomic and molecular-based medical innovation. It claims to do this from the consumer's perspective.

CMPI is a 501(c)3 organization and as such is not permitted to devote a substantial part of its activity to lobbying. Its officers have written articles on various issues including price controls on pharmaceutical products in publicly funded healthcare schemes in the United States,[3] and restrictions on advertising in the European Union.[4] The Economist Intelligence Unit has written that the organisation generally takes a pro-drug industry viewpoint.[5]


CMPI was founded by Peter Pitts, former FDA Associate Commissioner for External Relations under the Bush administration, and Dr. Robert Goldberg, former fellow at the Manhattan Institute.[6]

CMPI Senior Fellows include:

  • Marc Siegel, MD (A contributor to FoxNews)
  • Doug Badger
  • John F. P. Bridges
  • Jacob Arfwedson


  • PhRMA[7] - the pharmaceutical industry trade group
  • Pfizer[7] - the world's largest drug company


CMPI has published studies on the value of new cancer drugs, the cost-effectiveness of certain Alzheimer's treatments, evidence-based medicine, drug counterfeiting[8] and healthcare terrorism.


  1. ^ Herper, Matthew (2007-07-25). "The Nissen Doctrine". Forbes. Retrieved 2008-01-14. 
  2. ^ Lee Fang (Nov 18, 2009). "Exclusive: Attacks On Health Reform Orchestrated By Yet Another Shadowy Corporate Front Group — ‘CMPI’". Center for American Progress. Retrieved 19 November 2009. 
  3. ^ Goldberg, Robert (2006-12-25). "HillaryCare Comes Back". The Weekly Standard (News America Incorporated). Retrieved 2008-01-14. 
  4. ^ Pitts, Peter J. (2006-04-12). "Power to the Patients". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2008-01-14. 
  5. ^ "USA healthcare: FDA centenary prompts politicking". Economist Intelligence Unit (Economist Group). 2006-07-05. Retrieved 2008-01-14. 
  6. ^ Jason Lee Miller (2008-08-01). "Are Google Results Hazardous To Your Health?". WebProNews. iEntry, Inc. Retrieved 2008-01-14. 
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  8. ^ Laurie Sullivan (2006-06-13). "Pharmaceuticals Slowly Adopting RFID To Protect Prescription Drug Supplies". Information Week. CMP Media LLC. Retrieved 2008-01-14. 

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