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Update 2010-06-04

Recent Healthy Skepticism International News

June: Our Mom’s Story
Johanna Trimble tells the story of how her mother-in-law’s health deteriorated when she was put on many medications but improved when her health professionals agreed with the family to try a drug holiday. Then her health deteriorated again for other reasons also associated with the quality of professional care. Johanna is a member and office holder in both Patients for Patient Safety Canada and Patient Voices Network in British Columbia.


Recent announcements

The following 3 conferences will be held this year:

Prescription for Conflict: Should Industry Fund CME? Washington DC, June 25

An academic conference that examines and debates the question of whether industry influences CME (and if so, whether that influence can be successfully managed) willbe held at Georgetown University in Washington DC on June 25, 2010.

Joshua Sharfstein, MD, Principal Deputy Commissioner, FDA and Thomas Insel, MD, Director, National Institute of Mental Health, have recently been added to an outstanding line-up of speakers.

The conference is a collaborative effort of GUMC’s PharmedOut with the Kennedy Institute of Ethics and the Georgetown University Law Center.

Continuing education credits for physicians and nurses are free with registration.

Please consider posting a flyer at your institution:
Updates and conference materials will be at the conference website

Registration information:

Science, clinical practice and psychotropic drugs, Bruxelles Oct 12

In recent years, the overprescription of psychiatric drugs has become the subject of frequent public debate in Europe and the US. In March 2010, the Belgian Minister of Social Affairs and Public Health, announced to the Senate that a plan to tackle the overconsumption of psychotropic drugs was in preparation.

The symposium will attempt to analyse this social phenomenon along two different lines:
* The first issue to be addressed is the scientific basis for the prescription of these drugs; how was it constructed and is there any scope for questioning its validity?
* The second issue concerns the question of disease categorization, the distinction between mental pathology and the ups and downs of daily life, and the impact of disease-mongering on how we perceive ourselves.

For further information and registration, please contact: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Quality information for quality use of medicines, Kazan Oct 15-16

The Ministry of Health of the Republic of Tatarstan, The Administration of the Federal surveillance services in health and social development in the Republic of Tatarstan, The Kazan State Medical Academy, Eurasian academy of medical sciences, and GEOTAR publishing group are organising an International Conference «Quality information – for quality use of medicines» timed to the 25th anniversary of the Department of Clinical Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapy of the KSMA and to the 10th anniversary of formulary system implementation in the Republic of Tatarstan in the framework of the WHO Essential Medicines Concept.

On-line submission of abstracts and on-line registration for the conference are at:


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