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Healthy Skepticism AdWatch (Australia)

AdWatch illuminates the logical, psychological and pharmacological techniques used in drug advertisements.

August 2007

Criticism of Adwatch on Avandia (rosiglitazone)

This issue has been written in response to a subscriber's comments regarding the March AdWatch about GlaxoSmithKline's advertising of rosiglitazone (Avandia) in Australia.

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June 2007

Celebrex (celecoxib) from Pfizer

Is consumer health information from drug companies trustworthy? This AdWatch analyses an advertorial by Pfizer published in the Australian edition of the Readers Digest in March 2007.

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March 2007

Avandia (rosiglitazone) from GlaxoSmithKline

Do not ADOPT rosiglitazone as first-line diabetes treatment.

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September 2006

Efexor Tetrapack (venlafaxine) from Wyeth

Antidepressants are not sweets.

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July 2006

Lipidil (fenofibrate) from Solvay/Fournier

'Don't give him the usual treatment'.

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April 2006

Estelle-35ED (cyproterone-oestradiol) from Douglas

Estelle-35ED (cyproterone-oestradiol) (Douglas) She needs safe and reliable contraception, not a treatment for severe acne!

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August 2004

Feedback on Micardis Plus (telmisartan plus hydrochlorothiazide) from Boehringer Ingelheim

This report is based on feedback from 52 participants of whom 58% were doctors and 17% pharmacists.

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June 2004

Micardis Plus (telmisartan plus hydrochlorothiazide) from Boehringer Ingelheim

"The early morning danger zone": Micardis Plus (telmisartan plus hydrochlorothiazide) from Boehringer Ingelheim

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April 2004

Dialogue on Nexium (esomeprazole) from AstraZeneca

Correspondence between Healthy Skepticism and AstraZeneca regarding the advertising of Nexium.

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March 2004

Feedback on Augmentin (amoxicillin with potassium clavulanate) from GlaxoSmithKline

This report is based on feedback from 107 participants in the AdWatch on Augmentin (amoxycillin with potassium clavulanate) from GSK.

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February 2004

Augmentin (amoxicillin with potassium clavulanate) from GlaxoSmithKline

"Take a closer look"

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December 2003

Feedback on Nexium (esomeprazole) from AstraZeneca

This report is based on feedback from 142 people who participated in AdWatch during 26 September to 13 December 2003.

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October 2003

Nexium (esomeprazole) from AstraZeneca

Appealing to our desire for power.

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A small group known as Healthy Skepticism; formerly the Medical Lobby for Appropriate Marketing) has consistently and insistently drawn the attention of producers to promotional malpractice, calling for (and often securing) correction. These organisations [Healthy Skepticism, Médecins Sans Frontières and Health Action International] are small, but they are capable; they bear malice towards no one, and they are inscrutably honest. If industry is indeed persuaded to face up to its social responsibilities in the coming years it may well be because of these associations and others like them.
- Dukes MN. Accountability of the pharmaceutical industry. Lancet. 2002 Nov 23; 360(9346)1682-4.