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Systematic review: Information from Pharma and prescribing quality, quantity and cost

A major systematic review titled "Information from Pharmaceutical Companies and the Quality, Quantity, and Cost of Physicians' Prescribing" by Healthy Skepticism member Geoff Spurling and others has been published by PLoS Medicine.
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and an editorial titled "Doctors and Drug Companies: Still Cozy after All These Years" by David Henry at:

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New Book: The Risks of Prescription Drugs

How did prescribed drugs become a leading cause of death?

New book: The Risks of Prescription Drugs (only US$15)

A new report and book from Columbia University Press explains why an estimated 46 million Americans suffer from the side effects of prescription drugs, and 2.2 million are hospitalized. This epidemic makes prescription drugs a leading cause of death. Yet it is neglected by teachers and leaders of medicine, nursing, epidemiology, health & society, and public health.

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Symposium: To Do No Harm, Toronto, 29 November 2010

The UBC Pharmaceutical Policy Research Collaboration together with researchers from an international study on Pharmaceutical Sales Representatives and Patient Safety present a symposium:
To Do No Harm
Regulation of pharmaceutical promotion and protection of patient health
WHEN: Monday, November 29, 2010 from 9 am to 5 pm
WHERE: Four Seasons Hotel, 21 Avenue Road, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Conference: Towards New Models of Inovation, Brussels 18 November 2010

Can We Afford the Current Model of Medical Innovation?
Towards New Models of Innovation
18 November 2010, 09:00 – 13:50
European Parliament, Brussels

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Conference: PharmAware, Newcastle, UK 2 October 2010

Welcome to Pharmaware's interactive day of talks and discussions!

Where: Newcastle Medical Sciences school, dental lecture theatre C
When: October 2nd, 10am
What: Interactive day of talks and discussions on Pharmaceutical issues including- misuse of drug promotion, ethical issues involved with working in the industry, the challenges of Direct to Consumer Advertising.

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Seminar with Peter Mansfield: Against misleading information. Lisbon, Portugal, 9 October 2010

Against misleading information. In the struggle for better health!

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Workshop Disease-mongering with Ray Moynihan. Lisbon, Portugal, 27-28 September 2010

The workshop will introduce participants to the public health problem known as ‘disease-mongering’ – widening the boundaries of medical illness in order to sell tests and treatments – and will deeper the knowledge and insights of those already familiar with the phenomenon.

It will be designed for practising physicians in Portugal, but will be open for pharmacists, allied health practitioners including nurses, journalists, policy-makers and university students across all these disciplines.

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Call for papers: Medicalization of Sex conference, Vancouver 29-30 April 2011

The Department of Gender, Sexuality, & Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University invites you to a conference on The Medicalization of Sex in Vancouver, BC, April 29th-30th, 2011.

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Seminário folheto: õpossível fazer melhor! (We can do better!), Porto,Portugal Oct 11

Seminário com Peter Mansfield
Educação médica, formação contínua e investigação pela indústria farmacêutica: õpossível fazer melhor!
(Information, education and research from pharmaceutical companies: We can do better!)
Seminário folheto

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