The AMA Masterfile

Here is some cool news. The American Medical Student Association wants its members to opt out of the American Medical Association’s Physician Masterfile, because AMA sells information from the Masterfile to drug and medical device companies, which use the data to track prescribing patterns and develop targeted marketing campaigns.  Here is what what former AMSA member and now family doc, Michael Mendoza, said, ” As a physician, I have no knowledge or control over data about me that [are] sold in the AMA Masterfile.  I am not an AMA member, and I feel that the AMA has abused my rights to privacy by selling data about me without my consent for commercial and marketing purposes.”

Looks like one group found some balls.  If anyone can find the link so we and ALL opt out then please share that with us.

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected] 

  4 comments for “The AMA Masterfile

  1. Peter Verrill
    April 22, 2013 at 8:01 pm

    The AMA has had the op out for prescribing data for a number of years. It’s been wonderful and recommend it to all. I’m still not on anyone’s watch list.

  2. Dave Hoffman
    April 17, 2013 at 11:23 am

    I can’t describe how violated I felt the first time a drug rep showed me MY prescribing data.

  3. Pat
    April 16, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    That’s the first time I’ve ever thought anything good about that bunch – way to go AMSA!

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