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Combating Disease Mongering: Daunting but Nonetheless Essential

  • Iona Heath
  • Published: April 11, 2006
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pmed.0030146
  • Published in PLOS Medicine

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Taking responsibility

Posted by plosmedicine on 30 Mar 2009 at 23:52 GMT

Author: 'susanne' 'mccabe'
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Submitted Date: April 12, 2006
Published Date: April 24, 2006
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Surely it is relevant that Iona Heath is Chair of Ethics Committee, British Medical Journal? The BMJ; Journal of Psychiatry and others have been lavishly funded by adverts from drug companies for decades. Now such Journals are going on-line there is not as much 'paper space' in which to advertise and so it it timely to 'have a go' at pharmaceutical companies. They have not, as indeeed Iona Heath suggests, been the only culprits in the medicalisation of communities.

Competing interests declared: No competing interest but have campaigned for more openess and transparency and sharing of information with citizens through BMJ; J of Psych amongst other forums