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Publication type: news

Concern over MA speaker
Pharmacy Daily (Australia) - registration required 2008 Nov 19
http://www.pharmacydaily.com.au


Full text:

NON-PROFIT group Healthy Skepticism has raised concerns about the pharmacutical industry connections of a keynote speaker at the upcoming Australian Medicines Policy Conference.

Healthy Skepticism (HS) is dedicated to “improving health by reducing harm from misleading drug promotion,” and has written to Dept of Health and Ageing Deputy Secretary David Learmonth about the “appropriateness” of Canadian speaker Durhane Wong-Rieger, who’s billed as a consumer advocate but according to HS has “extensive ties to the pharmaceutical industry.”

Learmonth has dismissed the concerns, saying Dr Wong-Rieger’s industry connections are well known and that she’s not speaking as a consumer advocate.

 

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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.