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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.

 

Topics include:

      Academic-Industry Research Relationships

      Direct-to-Consumer Promotion

      New Targets of Pharma Marketing - Nurses, Physician Assistants, and Pharmacists

      Should Academic Medical Centers be Pharma-free?


Speakers include:

      Marcia Angell, MD
      Harvard Medical School

      Carl Elliott, MD, PhD
      University of Minnesota

      Edmund Pellegrino, MD
      Georgetown University

      Donald Light, PhD
      UMDNJ, Princeton University

      Amy Toscano, PharmD
      FDA - DDMAC

      Nicholas Rasmussen, PhD, MPH
      University of New South Wales

      Virginia Barbour, MD
      PLoS Medicine

See full preliminary agenda

Contact Beth Johnson at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with questions.

 

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Far too large a section of the treatment of disease is to-day controlled by the big manufacturing pharmacists, who have enslaved us in a plausible pseudo-science...
The blind faith which some men have in medicines illustrates too often the greatest of all human capacities - the capacity for self deception...
Some one will say, Is this all your science has to tell us? Is this the outcome of decades of good clinical work, of patient study of the disease, of anxious trial in such good faith of so many drugs? Give us back the childlike trust of the fathers in antimony and in the lancet rather than this cold nihilism. Not at all! Let us accept the truth, however unpleasant it may be, and with the death rate staring us in the face, let us not be deceived with vain fancies...
we need a stern, iconoclastic spirit which leads, not to nihilism, but to an active skepticism - not the passive skepticism, born of despair, but the active skepticism born of a knowledge that recognizes its limitations and knows full well that only in this attitude of mind can true progress be made.
- William Osler 1909