The Association for Medical Ethics (AME) consists of physicians from every specialty of medicine. The purpose of the Association is to promote patient care and good evidence-based medicine.
AME consists of physicians who have joined together to provide increased public awareness on important issues such as departures from the ethics of responsible patient care, and identify the often pervasive, and not infrequently adverse, influence of industry on many health care providers and their patients while maintaining a focus on the utilization of evidence-based care criteria in this process. The AME Board of Directors and the AME members receive no remuneration for their efforts.
The need for our concern has been reflected by the clear erosion in the integrity of medicine over the past few decades.
AME strongly promotes the belief that physicians and organizations need to work together with industry to develop new drugs, devices and treatments as long as these relationships are transparent and legitimate. AME requires its members to disclose any such relationships because patients have a right to know if their doctor is a paid consultant, distributor for any manufacturer or product, or whose medical practice is not in the best interest of the patient.
AME consists of board certified physicians, licensed health care practitioners, and resident physicians in training, all of whom sign affidavits that they believe physicians have a right to invent and collect royalties of any amount. However, the royalties should be for a patent that has been genuinely invented and has not been “assigned” by industry. AME also believes the physician has a right to collect consulting fees in any amount. However, those payments must be disclosed to the patient and must be for actual and legitimate services provided. AME physicians do not accept gifts from medical manufacturers and do not own any portion of a medical distributorship for any products used in their medical practice or training.