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Our bugs, ourselves: germ warfare opens a new front

Overuse of antibiotics is not only creating resistant strains of bacteria but also changing the complex ecology of the human body. Our Croakey co-ordinator writes at Inside Story.

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The war on drug resistance: entering a ‘post-antibiotic era’

The age of effective antibiotics is threatened by everyday farming and medical practices sending us into what experts are calling a “death spiral”. Priscilla Pho reports.

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The shot of PR that could undermine trust in public health policy

Should medical and scientific experts turn to spin doctors for advice when concerns are raised about their relationships with industry? A leaked email chain poses some important question for medical professionals, writes Melissa Sweet.

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Pfizer | COMPANIES|

Pfizer: Here’s who we paid-off in the last six months

Pharma giant Pfizer has published details of the $35 million it doled out to doctors and research institutes for meals, travel and appearance fees in the last six months of 2009 alone.

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Sigma Pharmaceuticals collapse more bad news for Fairfax?

More bad news for Fairfax Media: one of its trio of new directors, Linda Nicholls, is now implicated in the collapse of one of Australia’s biggest pharmaceutical companies.

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Crikey Blogs | UNCATEGORIZED|

Getting into bed with pharma: does it bring pleasure or profit?

Is the medicalisation of sex, thanks to drugs like Viagra, distorting our views on sex and sexuality just to sell drugs? As the hunt continues for a female version of Viagra, it seems like a timely debate.

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Pharmacy, the most defensive and insular of all?

Are pharmacists the most defensive, insular and change resistant of all the health professions? asks Melissa Sweet.

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Doctors on the market?

Marketing of products is something all surgeons must live with on a daily basis. Representatives visiting and discussing new products is appropriate. Free giveaways are not, writes Professor Guy Maddern.

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Self-regulation of pharma industry isn’t working

A forum of experts last night warned that self-regulation by the pharmaceutical industry was not effective, writes Dr Ken Harvey.

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Pfizer’s campaign to drug as many smokers as possible

Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer is running a major campaign to convince Australian smokers that they should not try to quit without taking anti-smoking medication, writes Simon Chapman.

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The Nation | JOURNALISM|

Investigative journalism is the right medicine for an ailing media

An expose by NYT journalist Duff Wilson exposing some very unhealthy links between Harvard Medical School and Big Pharma and its subsequent attempts to silence critics demonstrates the critical need for good investigative reporting.

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New York Times | COMPANIES|

Big Pharma pushing the pens on medical literature

Newly revealed court papers show that pharmaceutical companies paid ghostwriters to contribute to 26 papers published in medical journals supporting hormone replacement therapy, which was subsequently found to increase the risk of heart disease, cancer and dementia.

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Scepticism can limit your options when it comes to medicine

Even a bullshit detector crusade can reach such a fever pitch that it becomes a religion itself, writes Julian Zytnik.

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Crikey Blogs | COMPANIES|

Baker drug deal found in breach

For every Plavix script in 2009, Sanofi-Aventis agreed to donate 25 cents to support the Baker’s research and health programs. Upshot? A slap on the wrist and a $25,000 fine.

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Time for MDs to get out of bed with drug companies

Despite their closeness, doctors and drug companies are becoming increasingly uneasy bedfellows, with calls from the very top of the global medical profession for a major clean-up.

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It’s time to put the community into “community” pharmacy

The next Community Pharmacy Agreement with the Pharmacy Guild is a perfect opportunity for Health Minister Nicola Roxon to bring the consumer voice in from the margin, writes Michael Johnston.

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It’s time for better regulation of complementary medicine

complementary medicine is big business and the days of it being dominated by passionate practitioners setting up small family businesses are long gone, writes Jon Wardle.

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