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Introduction to Healthy Skepticism Inc

What?
Our main aim is improving health by reducing harm from misleading health information.

Why?
Because misleading health information harms health and wastes resources.

Who?
We have 214 members who live in 31 countries. Many of us are health professionals but everyone is welcome to become a member if they support our aims. Naturally this includes the general public (patients, consumers, users).
We also have 15674 subscribers who live in 215 countries.

Where?
Mostly this website and email groups but we also have some meetings in person at many locations around the world.

How?
We share information via our website, forums, email discussion lists, academic journal publications and informing the media. Members may join task groups.

When?
Since 1983.

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...to influence multinational corporations effectively, the efforts of governments will have to be complemented by others, notably the many voluntary organisations that have shown they can effectively represent society’s public-health interests…
A small group known as Healthy Skepticism; formerly the Medical Lobby for Appropriate Marketing) has consistently and insistently drawn the attention of producers to promotional malpractice, calling for (and often securing) correction. These organisations [Healthy Skepticism, Médecins Sans Frontières and Health Action International] are small, but they are capable; they bear malice towards no one, and they are inscrutably honest. If industry is indeed persuaded to face up to its social responsibilities in the coming years it may well be because of these associations and others like them.
- Dukes MN. Accountability of the pharmaceutical industry. Lancet. 2002 Nov 23; 360(9346)1682-4.