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Update 2010-05-18

Recent Announcements

Call for conference posters and journal papers
Call for posters for the Selling Sickness conference (Amsterdam October 7-8, 2010) and papers for a theme issue of the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health.

International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health scope to include consumer health
Beginning in 2011, the International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health is expanding its scope to include consumer health, a rubric defined to include the aspects of human disease and injury that are determined or influenced by exposure to consumer goods and their components, including pharmaceuticals, food additives, and other purchased products.

New book - A Bitter Pill: How the Medical System is Failing the Elderly
John Sloan has announced a new book: “A Bitter Pill: How the Medical System is Failing the Elderly”.

Conference in Hyderabad: Pharmaceuticals in Developing and Emerging Economies
Conference 2010:  Pharmaceuticals in Developing and Emerging Economies: Production, Innovation, and Access to Medicines in the Wake of TRIPS
Friday 17 September 2010 - Sunday 19 September 2010
Venue: University of Hyderabad, India

Recent HS International News

April: Listening to profits
As the disturbing growth in treatment of children for bipolar disorder shows, psychiatry’s overreliance on drugs – and especially newer, less effective and less well-tested drugs – is needlessly putting patients at risk, writes psychiatrist Nicholas Z. Rosenlicht in San Francisco. Child and adolescent psychiatrist Peter Parry responds to Nicholas Rosenlicht’s article.

May: Variables that predict belief in the appropriateness of drugs
This months issue was first presented as a poster at the Australian National Medicines Symposium August 2000 and is now being made available on the internet. It is an analysis by Peter R Mansfield of responses to an educational case study for general practitioners he wrote for the Australian National Prescribing Service in 1999.


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Updates homepage 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.