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


PharmedOut is pleased to announce their next conference, “Pharma Knows Best? Managing Medical Knowledge” to be held June 16th and 17th, 2011 at Georgetown University. The conference will be open to the public and is a collaborative effort with the Kennedy Institute of Ethics and the Georgetown School of Nursing and Health Sciences. Further details will be made available via their website Contact Beth Johnson at 202-687-1191 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with questions.


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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.