About the Authors

Adriane Fugh-Berman

Ajf29@georgetown.edu

Affiliation Department of Physiology and Biophysics, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington D.C., United States of America

Christina Pike McDonald

CPM, ECB, and AMB are currently medical students at, respectively, Georgetown University School of Medicine, Penn State University School of Medicine, and Virginia Commonwealth University.

Affiliation Department of Physiology and Biophysics, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington D.C., United States of America

Alicia M. Bell

CPM, ECB, and AMB are currently medical students at, respectively, Georgetown University School of Medicine, Penn State University School of Medicine, and Virginia Commonwealth University.

Affiliation Department of Physiology and Biophysics, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington D.C., United States of America

Emily Catherine Bethards

CPM, ECB, and AMB are currently medical students at, respectively, Georgetown University School of Medicine, Penn State University School of Medicine, and Virginia Commonwealth University.

Affiliation Department of Physiology and Biophysics, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington D.C., United States of America

Anthony R. Scialli

Affiliation Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington D.C., United States of America

Competing Interests

Adriane Fugh-Berman directs PharmedOut (http://www.pharmedout.org/), a Georgetown University Medical Center project that educates physicians about inappropriate pharmaceutical marketing practices. Dr. Fugh-Berman is also a paid expert witness on behalf of women who developed breast cancer while taking menopausal hormone therapy. Alicia M. Bell was the paid project manager of PharmedOut during part of the time this study was conducted. Christina McDonald and Emily Catherine Bethards received graduate school credit for their work on this study while they were master's students in Physiology at Georgetown University Medical Center.

Author Contributions

ICMJE criteria for authorship read and met: AFB CPM AMB ECB ARS. Agree with the manuscript's results and conclusions: AFB CPM AMB ECB ARS. Designed the experiments/the study: AFB CPM ECB ARS. Analyzed the data: AFB AMB ECB ARS. Collected data/did experiments for the study: CPM AMB ECB. Wrote the first draft of the paper: AFB. Contributed to the writing of the paper: CPM AMB ECB ARS.