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Healthy Skepticism Library item: 19643

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Publication type: Broadcast

Moynihan R
A noble cause
Background Briefing : ABC Radio National 2011 Oct 160
http://www.abc.net.au/rn/backgroundbriefing/stories/2011/3337618.htm


Abstract:

Producing new medicines to extend lives and reduce suffering is a noble cause. The marketing of those drugs is often ignoble, with the wining and dining of doctors and the use of specialists to spruik the company line. A former industry insider gives a unique insight into the selling techniques of big pharma.

 

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