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PDR Network and The Doctors Company Deliver CME Into REMS
Date:10/14/2010

MONTVALE, N.J., Oct. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- PDR Network, the largest distributor of FDA-approved drug information including Drug Alerts and Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy ("REMS") program alerts, has partnered with The Doctors Company, the country's largest professional medical liability carrier, to provide physicians with Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits for completion of REMS CME programs. Physician participation in FDA-mandated REMS programs is often required of pharmaceutical manufacturers, and adding CME credits for physicians provides a direct incentive for participation in these important patient safety programs.

In the partnership announced today, PDR Network will work with The Doctors Company to facilitate the integration of CME into REMS programs, independently evaluating the clinical, patient-safety-focused information that is incorporated into the programs and creating CME questions pursuant to this information. PDR Network will operate the service which hosts the CME programs, and collaborate with The Doctors Company and other partners to distribute these programs to physicians electronically and at no cost, via PDR.net.  

"Full, up-to-date FDA-approved drug labeling, including REMS programs, represents important information for busy prescribers," explained David Troxel, M.D., medical director for The Doctors Company. "We are very pleased to work with PDR Network in the creation of independent CME that can be integrated into REMS programs, thereby increasing both their value to prescribers and the likelihood that prescribers will participate in these programs."

Integration of CME into REMS has been noted by the FDA as an important contribution to the success of these programs. "We know that physicians and other prescribers are increasingly busy and we value their time," explained Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research at the FDA. "We congratulate The Doctors Company and PDR Network for bringing the vision of CME integrated into REMS to life and providing these important services to U.S. prescribers."  

"As we expand our REMS offering to manufacturers, we keep the need to engage prescribers in their workflow, and in a manner that offers real value – front and center," said Christine Cote, M.D., PDR Network's Chief Medical Officer. "Our independent analysis of clinical information in REMS programs and creation of related CME questions offer tangible value to busy clinicians."

For more information about CME credits associated with delivery of online FDA-approved Drug Alerts and REMS, please contact Julie.Baker@pdr.net.  To register for free Drug Alerts and REMS with CME, prescribers should enroll in PDR Drug Alerts delivered via the Health Care Notification Network, a service of PDR Network at www.hcnn.net.

About PDR Network

PDR Network LLC is the leading distributor of drug labeling information, product safety Alerts, and REMS programs, includes Physicians' Desk Reference (PDR®), the most highly trusted and commonly used drug information reference available in the U.S, PDR.net, mobilePDR®, and Health Care Notification Network (HCNN), the only service providing specialty-specific electronic delivery of FDA-approved safety Alerts to physicians. HCNN is governed by the not-for-profit iHealth Alliance. For more information, visit www.pdrnetwork.com.

About The Doctors Company

Founded by doctors for doctors in 1976, The Doctors Company (www.thedoctors.com) is relentlessly committed to advancing, protecting, and rewarding the practice of good medicine. The Doctors Company is the largest national insurer of physician and surgeon medical liability with 55,000 member physicians, $3 billion in assets, an A rating by Fitch Ratings, and an A- rating by A.M. Best Company.

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