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Healthy Skepticism Updates

Update 2009-09-20

Healthy Skepticism Update September 2009

Recently posted in Healthy Skepticism International News ...

October 2009 Vol 27 No 10
In the Face of Swine Flu, Common Sense and Science
by Juan Gérvas
Juan cuts throught the hype and hysteria to look calmly at the facts on influenza A (H1N1). Healthy Skepticism is proud to be publishing this in 6 languages.

September 2009 Vol 27 No 9
The Emperor’s New Analyses
Vance Berger and Anh-Chi Do call for increased use of more reliable statistical tests for analysis of clinical trials.

...and in Adwatch.
Lescol (fluvastatin) from Novartis
From the April 2008 issue of Rivista SIMG (Journal of the Italian Society of General Pratictioners), this advertisement shows how powerful images can be.

"Regulating Pharmaceuticals" Discussion 24 September
Australian subscribers are reminded that Healthy Skepticism is hosting an interactive panel discussion on pharmaceutical regulation this coming Thursday, 24 September, at the Women's & Children's Hospital, North Adelaide at 4.00pm.  Please note that, contrary to previous notification, we are uncertain whether a representative from Medicines Australian will attend. However, the panel will now include the Hon Mark Butler MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Health, who has portfolio responsibilty for the Therapeutic Goods Administration. Anyone interested is welcome. Please pass details on to South Australian colleagues. Fliers available at:
www.healthyskepticism.org/files/events/Regulating-pharmaceuticals.pdf www.healthyskepticism.org/files/events/Regulating-pharmaceuticals.doc

HAI Europe Seminar 23 October
Health Action International are holding a similarly open workshop entitled EU Policy in Action: In Whose Interests? on 23 October 2009 in Brussels. It will examine the European Union’s policies and actions in relation to medicines and provide an opportunity for stakeholders to publicly debate their views. Further details and the registration form are on the HAI Europe website.

Congratulations, Alison!
The US National Association of Science Writers has given Alison Bass a 2009 Science in Society Journalism Award for her book Side Effects: A Prosecutor, a Whistleblower, and a Bestselling Antidepressant on Trial. Side Effects tells how GlaxoSmithKline systematically misled prescribers and consumers about the safety and efficacy of Paxil (paroxetine), and how this deception was uncovered.

 

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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.