Drug industry

Drug industry

The haunting of medical journals: how ghostwriting sold “HRT”

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English
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Adriane J. Fugh-Berman
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Med 7(9): e1000335.
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PloS Medicine
Publication Date: 
September 2010

Examines how pharmaceutical companies promoted hormone therapy drugs, including the use of medical writing companies to produce ghostwritten manuscripts and place them into medical journals.

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doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1000335
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Includes bibliographical references.

Keeping an eye on prescription drugs, keeping Canadians safe

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English
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Author: 
Mary Wiktorowicz
Joel Lexchin
Kathy Moscou
Leslie Dan
Ann Silversides
Laura Eggertson
Publisher: 
Health Council of Canada
Publication Date: 
2010
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

Finds that testing for safety and effectiveness of prescrption drugs in Canada takes place almost exclusively before medications are approved and that there are “few regulatory obligations once a product reaches the market.”Assesses the Canadian post-market systems of drug surveillance -  “pharmacovigilance” - and finds that there is no national system to test drugs for safety after they reach the market.

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ISBN 978-1-897463-84-0 PDF
ISBN 978-1-897463-85-7 Print
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Includes bibliographical references.

Worst pills, best pills

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English
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Online
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Public Citizen

A site that is operated by Public Citizen out of Washington DC. Provides a limited amount of information on each drug without having to subscribe to the service. Also produces a book which is updated periodically. Free fact sheets available on the site with such topics as “Ten Rules for Safer Drug Use.”

Myth: direct-to-consumer advertising is educational for patients

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English
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Mythe : la publicité s’adressant directement au consommateur permet d’informer le patient
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Online
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Canadian Health Services Research Foundation
Publication Date: 
September, 2007
Publication Place: 
Ottawa, ON

Discusses and debunks the idea promoted by drug companies that direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription drugs has health benefits for patients. Discusses the risks for patients being prescribed unnecessary drugs, and the astronomical costs that legalizing DTCA in Canada could entail.

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Includes bibliographical references.

The push to prescribe (webinar)

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Canadian Women's Health Network (CWHN)
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Online
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Canadian Women's Health Network
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Recorded November 4, 2009

Online discussion with The Push to Prescribe (Women’s Press, 2009) editor Anne Rochon Ford and contributors Colleen Fuller and Abby Lippman on how drugs are produced, regulated, marketed, and used in ways that affect many aspects of everyday life, and the extent of these effects, and their special meaning for women.

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The push to prescribe: women & Canadian drug policy

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English
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Paper
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Anne Rochon Ford, Ed.
Diane Saibil, Ed.
Publisher: 
Women’s Press (Now owned by Canadian Scolar's Press)
Publication Date: 
July 2009
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

Delves into the world of prescription drugs in Canada, and considers the impact on the health of women. From the inadequate testing of many drugs on women in clinical trials, to the sometimes questionable portrayal of women in illegal prescription drug advertising, Canadian drug policy has not always paid attention to how women and men are affected differently. 297pp, Paperback

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ISBN -13 978-0-88961-478-9
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Generic drug pricing and access in Canada: what are the implications?

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English
Author: 
Dr. Chaim Bell
Dr. David Griller
Joshua Lawson
Dusan Lovren
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Health Council of Canada
Publication Date: 
June 2010
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

Prescription drugs account for an increasing proportion of Canada’s growing health care system with rising costs that governments in this country are seeking ways to restrain.  The greater use of generic drugs, for which Canadians pay some of the highest prices in the world, accounts for a significant portion of these rising costs.  The Health Council of Canada commissioned this independent discussion paper to provide Canadians with some further insight into the generic drug sector and potential options to reduce generic drug prices.

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ISBN 9781897463727
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Health Council of Canada Suite 900, 90 Eglinton Avenue East Toronto, ON M4P 2Y3 Telephone: 416.481.7397 Toll Free: 1-866-998-1019 Facsimile: 416.481.1381 E-mail: information@healthcouncilcanada.ca

"This may sting a bit": cutting CME's ties to pharma

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English
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Adriane Fugh-Berman
Sharon Batt
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Virtual Mentor: American Medical Association Journal of Ethics
Publication Date: 
2006
Publication Place: 
Chicago, IL

Argues against pharmaceutical industry funding of continuing medical education (CME).

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Includes bibliographical references.

Remembering Ruth Cooperstock: women and pharmaceuticals 20 years later

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English
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Centres of Excellence for Womens Health (CEWH)
Women and Health Protection (WHP)
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Paper
Online
Publisher: 
Women and Health Protection
Publication Date: 
2006
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

Presents the proceedings of a symposium that examined women and the pharmaceuticals industry. Includes presentations of the three panellists and a brief summary of each of the workshops.

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ISBN 0973870141
WHP PHAR.R46 2005

Drug company funding dominates non-profit organizations, report finds

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Canadian Women's Health Network (CWHN)
Women and Health Protection (WHP)
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Publisher: 
Network
Publication Date: 
2006
Publication Place: 
Winnipeg, MB

Provides highlights of a Women and Health Protection report that describes the ways in which drug companies provide funding for health advocacy groups.

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ISSN 14800039
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