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Healthy Skepticism Updates

Update 2007-11-18

New Gallery
Healthy Skepticism's new Gallery is now avalaible for viewing at:
This is a good place to share picture, video, audio and presentation files relevant to drug promotion.

If you would like to post a file, please contact: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

New Videos:
A new epidemic
Having trouble getting out of bed in the morning....feeling unmotivated at work? You may have Motivational Deficiency Disorder. A short video about this new epidemic by investigative journalist Miranda Burne is now available to all in the Documentaries section of our Gallery at this link.

Pharma insider
PharmedOut have posted two videos on YouTube of Douglas Melnick, a former pharma insider, telling Adriane Fugh-Berman about drug promotion techniques. See: Pharma Insider Part 1 and Pharma Insider Part 2

HS International News: The dilemma for young doctors created by pharma funding of education
In the September 2007 issue Portuguese GP registrar, Tiago Villanueva, discusses the difficult dilemma for young doctors created when the government does not fund education adequately but they can access education funded by industry. See: Pharma money: the least common denominator

In the October issue young Australian GP academic Geoff Spurling expresses different views about that dilemma. See: A response to Tiago Villanueva

Consumers International's Marketing Overdose campaign
Marketing Overdose is a new campaign organised by Consumers International.
The aim is to expose examples of irresponsible drug marketing and campaign for effective rules and regulations to ensure doctors and the public have access to independent, accurate and up-to-date information.

The campaign website has a report titled Drugs, doctors and dinners (1.5 Mb pdf file) highlighting irresponsible drug marketing to doctors in developing countries. This report is based on a larger report produced for Consumers International by Healthy Skepticism.

HS management group re-elected
At our Annual General Meeting on 1 November our management group was re-elected unopposed:
The management group is:
Dr Heather Carter (General practice) Adelaide, Australia
A/Prof Jon Jureidini (Child psychiatry) Adelaide, Australia
Prof Joel Lexchin (Emergency Medicine and Health Policy) Toronto, Canada
Dr Dee Mangin (General Practice) Christchurch, New Zealand
Dr Peter Mansfield (General practice) Willunga, Australia
Ms Joana Ramos (Social Work and Health Policy) Seattle, USA
Ms Melissa Raven (Public Health) Adelaide, Australia
Mr Jörg Schaaber (Sociology and Journalism) Bielefeld, Germany
Dr Agnés Vitry (Pharmacy) Adelaide, Australia


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What these howls of outrage and hurt amount to is that the medical profession is distressed to find its high opinion of itself not shared by writers of [prescription] drug advertising. It would be a great step forward if doctors stopped bemoaning this attack on their professional maturity and began recognizing how thoroughly justified it is.
- Pierre R. Garai (advertising executive) 1963