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MaLAM International News and MaLAM letters

MaLAM International News and MaLAM letters were published from November 1983 until October 2000 after which they were replaced by Healthy Skepticism International News. Go to MaLAM Archive


Healthy Scepticism New Zealand

Healthy Scepticism New Zealand newsletters were written by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), funded by Pharmac and published from November 1989 until June 2000. Go to Healthy Scepticism New Zealand Archive

 

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...to 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.