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Healthy Skepticism Updates

Update 2007-07-20

HS Int News
Two new Healthy Skepticism International News issues have now been added to our website.

May 2007 Vol 25 No 5
Is it insulting to suggest that health professionals are influenced by drug promotion?
By Peter R Mansfield
One of the most important barriers to healthy skepticism about drug promotion is the belief that to suggest that health professionals are influenced is to insult them. Some arguments for overcoming that barrier are presented in this issue. Peter has found these arguments to be effective for use in presentations to health professionals.

April 2007 Vol 25 No 4
Regulation of Homeopathic Products
By Ken Harvey
Ken questions whether companies are misusing the regulations that govern homeopathic products in Australia in order to market pharmacologically inactive substances labelled as DHEA, HGH and melatonin.


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Special thanks to Judy Norsigian
We thank Judy for her article "Misleading Ads and How They Hurt Us" published by The Women's Media Center (USA) on 25 May 2007. We usually get one or two new subscribers every day but there has been a surge of new subscribers since Judy's article was published.
See: www.womensmediacenter.com/ex/052207.html


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Next Update: Update 2007-08-22

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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.