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Update 2007-03-19

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New web server
GSK internal documents
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Recent publications

We have moved our website to a new server but the address remains: If you have experienced technical problems
with our website, we apologize. We are trying to do a lot with
limited resources. We hope there will be less technical problems from
now on.

Jon Jureidini (HS Chair), Leemon McHenry (consultant to the Baum
Hedlund law firm) and Peter Mansfield (HS Director) have been
analyzing internal documents from GlaxoSmithKline regarding Study 329
of paroxetine for depressed adolescents. Our analysis has been
submitted to a medical journal. Meanwhile the documents and a list of
all known trials of newer antidepressants for depressed children and
adolescents are available at:
[obsolete URL deleted]

We are still catching up on posting Healthy Skepticism International
News issues. Issues dated December 2006 and January 2007 have now
been posted.

December 2006 Vol 24 No 12
What everyone needs to know about drug marketing. Part 1: Products.
By: Peter R Mansfield
This is first part of a 3 part article. This part focuses on
pharmaceutical products.

Go to:

January 2007 Vol 25 No 1
What everyone needs to know about drug marketing. Part 2: Prices
By: Peter R Mansfield
This part will be easier to understand if you have read the first
part first.

Go to:

If you know of any publications relevant to drug promotion that are
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Publications by Healthy Skepticism Members

Mansfield PR, Hoffman JR, Lexchin J.
Educating Health Professionals about Drug and Device Promotion:
Authors' Reply.
PLoS Med. 2007 Feb 27;4(2):e88

Harvey K.
Medicines Australia latest Code of Conduct Report
AusPharmList 2007 Feb 16

Lexchin J.
A comparison of new drug availability in Canada and the United States
and potential therapeutic implications of differences.
Health Policy 2006 Dec;79(2-3):214-20

Mansfield PR.
Doctors as lapdogs to drug firms: Independence may be most cost
effective way to improve health care.
BMJ 2006 Nov 25;333(7578):1121-2

Recent publications mentioning Healthy Skepticism

Pollard R.
Bitter pills
Sydney Morning Herald 2007 Feb 15

Langley ZL
Antidote for Misleading Advertising: Healthy Skepticism Inc.
ShuffleBrain; 2007 Feb 11

Fleg AN.
Introduction to pharmaceuticology
studentBMJ 2007;15:45-88


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Far too large a section of the treatment of disease is to-day controlled by the big manufacturing pharmacists, who have enslaved us in a plausible pseudo-science...
The blind faith which some men have in medicines illustrates too often the greatest of all human capacities - the capacity for self deception...
Some one will say, Is this all your science has to tell us? Is this the outcome of decades of good clinical work, of patient study of the disease, of anxious trial in such good faith of so many drugs? Give us back the childlike trust of the fathers in antimony and in the lancet rather than this cold nihilism. Not at all! Let us accept the truth, however unpleasant it may be, and with the death rate staring us in the face, let us not be deceived with vain fancies...
we need a stern, iconoclastic spirit which leads, not to nihilism, but to an active skepticism - not the passive skepticism, born of despair, but the active skepticism born of a knowledge that recognizes its limitations and knows full well that only in this attitude of mind can true progress be made.
- William Osler 1909