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Calling all hospitals: reduce Pharma marketing

My 2014 No Advertising Please campaign, while aimed at all doctors, ended up impacting mainly on GPs. The pledge not to see drug reps is more easily fulfilled when one is in autonomous, private medical practice. 304 more words

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Today Tonight: product promotion dressed as health news

Last Friday on the Seven Network’s Today Tonight (TT), an episode on arthritis featured respected GP Dr Robert Menz, who gave a very solid interview – warning about the over-use of opioid medications, and promoting exercise and weight loss. 574 more words

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Fifteen things good doctors should avoid - Choosing Wisely II

This is important reading if you’re a doctor.

And maybe of some interest even if you’re not.

Following this year’s successful launch of the Choosing Wisely Australia… 396 more words

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The neglected art of stopping medications

Whenever a medication is re-prescribed, some thought should be given to the important art of ‘deprescribing’.

Doctors are taught far more about starting medications than stopping them, and most pharmaceutical research ignores the ‘cessation’ question altogether. 238 more words

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Media coverage for 'No Advertising Please'

 

In the month since first appearing on the 7.30 Report, the No Advertising Please campaign has gained substantial media interest, reaching the shores of the US and UK. 711 more words

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Top list of wasteful procedures in the ED and General Practice

Yesterday, JAMA published a list of  tests and treatments ordered in the Emergency Department which a group of 283 Emergency clinicians considered the most wasteful. Because accessing the list requires a log-in (which is a bit of a waste!) I have copied it here. 209 more words

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Statins and sat fats: a sceptic's look at ABC's Catalyst programs

My article below was published this week at both The Conversation and in Australian Doctor. I figured I’d get in third.

On the past two Thursdays, the ABC’s Catalyst program set off a chain reaction of protest from sections of the medical community, aghast that the non-medical media would question the accepted wisdom that dietary saturated fats kill people and statins save lives. 1,265 more words

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