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Notice to Readers MMWR Subscriptions

In the July 23, 1982, MMWR, it was announced that CDC will no longer provide unrestricted free distribution of the MMWR after October 1, 1982. Free distribution will be provided to specific groups including, among others, state health officials, deans of schools of public health, and disseminators of public health information. Other individuals and organizations now receiving the publication free of charge will be able to purchase it through the National Technical Information Service (NTIS).

This decision was reached after careful evaluation of the costs of the MMWR. Despite an annual renewal requirement, the number of recipients has more than doubled during the past five years. Currently, the cost of printing and postage exceeds $1 million a year.

After determining who should receive the MMWR free of charge, CDC began discussions with NTIS to arrange for the development of a paid subscription list. NTIS was created as an agency of the U. S. Department of Commerce as a central source for the public sale of scientific and technical information. The law that established NTIS directs it to be self-sustaining and to recover all costs from the sale of products and services. NTIS made the decision on the cost of the MMWR and ancillary publications, and the revenue generated will be used by NTIS to cover its costs. CDC will not pay NTIS for the subscription service, and NTIS will not return any of the revenue to CDC.

The decision to restrict free distribution has been a painful departure from our tradition. It was our judgment that alternatives would have been more damaging to public health. William H. Foege, M.D. Director Centers for Disease Control

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