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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.


Who: Speakers include:
Dr Peter Mansfield on his tour from Australia, head of Healthy Skepticisim worldwide he has extensive knowledge and passion on a huge range of issues.
Carole Piriou from Health Action International, based in the Netherlands and introducing their new manual - ‘Understanding and Responding to Pharmaceutical Promotion’
Professor Gary Ford researcher in Stroke medicine, Newcastle and lecturer on pharmaceutical ethics.

Who for?: Doctors, students, biochemists, anyone with an interest in the industry and our interactions! (including general public)

With the ever expanding medical curriculum there is never enough time to learn about what really goes on until you are faced with it in real life, learn from others and debate the interaction we have with pharmaceuticals from all perspectives!

Tickets £10(£5 for freshers!) with lunch and snacks provided.
Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more info, booking a space and information about rooms (some ‘student style accommodation available from our hosts Newcastle Medsin!)


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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