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PharmedOut’s annual conference: Missing The Target: When Practitioners Harm More Than Heal

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No Free Lunch is merging with Healthy Skepticism

We are delighted to announce that Bob Goodman, the founder of No Free Lunch, has decided that NFL will merge with Healthy Skepticism.

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Conference program: Pharma Knows Best? Managing Medical Knowledge

June 16th & 17th, 2011
Georgetown University
Washington, DC

A collaborative effort between PharmedOut and the Kennedy Institute of Ethics.
The conference program is now available.

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Prescrire’s proposals for France’s national conference on medicines policy

Prescrire has accepted an invitation from the French government to participate in a national conference on medicines policy, organised in the wake of the Mediator scandal. By revealing numerous malfunctions in the medicines chain, the scandal over the weight-loss drug has sparked a crisis of confidence between patients and the healthcare professions, one that requires everyone's attention and energy.

Prescrire’s 57 proposals are available at

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Pharmed Out Conference ‘Pharma Knows Best? Managing Medical Knowledge’

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Impoverishing the Poor: Pharmaceuticals and Drug Pricing in India

This book is now available free on the internet:
Srinivasan S and A Bhargava A. (2004), Impoverishing the Poor: Pharmaceuticals and Drug Pricing in India, Low Cost Standard Therapeutics (LOCOST), Vadodara/Bilaspur, India.

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Conference videos: Videos of Selling Sickness conference Amsterdam 2010 now available

Videos of all the talks presented at the Selling Sickness international conference in Amsterdam on 7 and 8 October 2010 are now available at:

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Blog entry: The gagging of public health experts in France

Public health improvements will not happen without public health champions speaking freely and honestly to the public. There is real danger these voices are being silenced in France.


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Independent drug bulletin: Prescrire International now available in English in 11 issues per year

Prescrire is a non-profit, continuing education organisation that is completely independent of any ties to government or industry. Prescrire's managers and editorial staff sign a yearly statement certifying that they have no conflicts of interest. Prescrire's publications accept no advertising, grants or other outside support or any kind.


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Call for abstracts: Pharmaceutical Policy Analysis, Utrecht, The Netherlands 6-7 January 2011

Utrecht WHO Winter Meeting, January 2011
Invitation and call for abstracts
The WHO Collaborating Centre for Pharmacoepidemiology and Pharmaceutical Policy Analysis (head: Prof. Dr. Bert Leufkens) in collaboration with Dr. Richard Laing (Department of Essential Medicines and Pharmaceutical Policies, WHO) will organise again a [northern hemisphere] Winter Meeting for researchers in the field of pharmaceutical policy analysis.

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