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Update 2010-04-16

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This is the first Healthy Skepticism Update since September 2009. We apologise for the delay. We have been busy moving to our new website. Now that the move is almost complete we will be producing Updates about once a month.


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25 June 2010 - Prescription for Conflict: Should Industry Fund Continuing Medical Education?
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New AdWatch issues

2010 April, USA: Wyeth’s Pristiq® (desvenlafaxine) for major depressive disorder

2009 October, USA: Amylin and Eli Lilly’s Byetta® (exenatide injection) for type 2 diabetes


Recent HS International News

March: Whose bread I eat, his song I sing
by Julian Burnside QC
Julian Burnside is a prominent Australian barrister. In 2009 he represented the lead plaintiff in a class action against Merck concerning the effects of Vioxx. This is an excerpted version of the keynote address he gave at the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists Congress in Adelaide on 28 May 2009.

February: Paxil Study 329: Paroxetine vs Imipramine vs Placebo in Adolescents
by Jon Jureidini
Jon has collected a set of internal pharmaceutical company documents about study 329 that at now in the public domain following litigation.

December: Internal company documents regarding 3 atypical antipsychotic drugs
by Peter Parry and Glen Spielmans
Peter and Glen have created a set of PowerPoint files of the so called “Zyprexa documents”. These are examples of internal pharmaceutical company (in this case Eli-Lilly) documents that have been subpoenaed to court cases.

November: Big Pharma Beaten
by Steindór J. Erlingsson
GSK in Iceland forced to withdraw a drug-promoting depression booklet

 

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Next Update: Update 2010-05-18

Previous Update: Update 2009-09-20

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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.