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Registration open for the Selling Sickness conference, Amsterdam Oct 7-8

Selling Sickness - Influence on influence
The international conference Selling Sickness will be held at the
Mövenpick Hotel Amsterdam on October 7-8, 2010.

Registration NOW OPEN!!
The topics - confirmed speakers - the rates - how to register - call for posters - hotel booking
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The host is Healthy Skepticism (Netherlands) assisted by the Dutch Institute for Rational Use of Medicine and Healthy Skepticism (International). The sponsors are the Dutch Ministry of Health and the Dutch Health Care Inspectorate. Collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) is in process.

The conference is designed for everyone with an interest in pharmaceutical information and promotion including: health professionals, policy makers, staff of government health and regulatory departments, inspectors, staff of pharmaceutical, advertising and public relations companies, staff of NGOs and journalists.

The conference will focus on describing problems with pharmaceutical promotion, understanding the causes, developing solutions and enabling collaboration. The two days will include many presentations as well as time for networking, panel discussions and poster sessions.

Vendere malattie – Influenzare l’influenza

La conferenza internazionale Vendere malattie si terrà al
Mövenpick Hotel di Amsterdam il 7-8 ottobre 2010
SONO APERTE le iscrizioni!
I contenuti – i relatori confermati – le quote – come registrarsi – call for poster - prenotazione alberghiera.
Tutte le informazioni sul sito web
L’evento è organizzato dalla sezione olandese di Healthy Skepticism (Gezonde Scepsis) in collaborazione con l’Istituto olandese per l’uso appropriato dei farmaci e Healthy Skepticism International. Gli sponsor sono il Ministero della Salute e l’Ispettorato della Salute olandesi. E’ in corso anche una collaborazione con l’Organizzazione Mondiale della Sanità  (OMS).
La conferenza è rivolta a tutti coloro che sono interessati ai temi dell’informazione e della promozione dei farmaci: professionisti della salute, decisori di politiche sanitarie, staff dei dipartimenti dei Ministeri della salute e delle agenzie regolatorie, ispettori, staff delle industrie farmaceutiche, delle agenzie pubblicitarie e di pubbliche relazioni, membri di organizzazioni non governative e giornalisti.
L’obiettivo della conferenza è descrivere i problemi collegati alla promozione dei farmaci, comprenderne le cause, sviluppare soluzioni e rendere possibili collaborazioni.
Le due giornate comprenderanno numerose presentazioni, ma vi sarà anche tempo per conoscersi ed intessere relazioni, per discussioni in gruppo e sessioni poster. 


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  • Yahoo! Bookmarks influence multinational corporations effectively, the efforts of governments will have to be complemented by others, notably the many voluntary organisations that have shown they can effectively represent society’s public-health interests…
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.