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In February I attended Selling Sickness 2013 - People Before Profits, which was a diverse conference about the pharmaceutical drug industry, with a focus on several different facets of its conduct and practices.
I want to let you know that the materials used by some of the speakers at this Selling Sickness 2013 conference are now available for download at the conference website on its Presentations page. These are organized by day, session, and name. There are missing presentations that will be added as soon as materials are received from the speakers.
And if you want to learn more about the intended subject of any of these presentations you can also view the Official Program for Selling Sickness 2013.
For those of you interested in this past conference about Big Pharma conduct, I want to let you know about a somewhat related conference which is coming up in the relatively short-term future.
PharmedOut, a Georgetown University Medical Center project that advances evidence-based prescribing and educates health care providers about industry marketing practices, is taking place June 6-7, 2013 at Georgetown University. The project is directed by Adriane Fugh-Berman MD, who recently moderated the Corruption panel at the Selling Sickness 2013 conference.
The theme or title for this year's PharmedOut's 4th Annual Conference is "Medical Behavior in a Commercial World: Who Is Responsible?". From the PharmedOutweb page for this upcoming conference:
This year's conference will explore the ethical responsibilities of health care providers, medical journals, industry, and payers on therapeutic choices, as well as the effects on public health at large.
At that PharmedOut 2013 conference page you will also access the current schedule by using this Conference At-A-Glance (pdf) link.
From the email announcement which I received earlier today from the PharmedOut Project Manager for this June 2013 conference:
PharmedOut's past conferences have been highly acclaimed by participants, who tend to be physicians, policymakers, and other professionals and students in a range of disciplines and perspectives that don't typically get to converge....
Among our many speakers:
- A former pharmaceutical executive will speak for the first time on ethical conflicts within industry
- Former editor-in-chief of New England Journal of Medicine Marcia Angell MD, chief editor of PLOS Medicine Virginia Barbour MD, and clinical editor at British Medical Journal Elizabeth Loder MD will speak about how medical journal advertising and editorial policies affect public health
- Carl Elliott MD PhD, author of White Coat, Black Hat and Professor at the University of Minnesota’s Center for Bioethics, will discuss industry-funded trials at academic medical centers
- Charles Ornstein of ProPublica will speak about how lessons learned from the Dollars for Docs database will apply to the Physician Payments Sunshine Act;
- A medical ghostwriter will reveal how he helped sell Low Testosterone syndrome (Low-T) to consumers
Sounds like this one will be another high quality and interesting event concerning the conduct of Big Pharma, as was Selling Sickness 2013.______________________________________________________________________________