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Update 2010-09-14

European tour

HS Director, Peter R Mansfield and his wife, HS Admin Assistant, Robyn Clothier fly to Europe today. Peter will speak at the following meetings:

Bologna, Italy 24 September
Seminar: L’In-Formazione Sulla Salute
25 September
Workshop with Nograzie group, Informal meeting with medical students
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Newcastle, UK 2-3 October
PharmAware Meeting
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands 7-8 October
Conference: Selling Sickness

Lisbon, Portugal 9 October
Seminar: Against misleading information
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Porto, Portugal 11 October
Seminar: Information, education and research from pharmaceutical companies: We can do better!
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Kazan, Russia, 15-16 October
Conference: Quality information for quality use of medicines
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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.