The European Alliance for Access to Safe Medicines

You may remember I wrote about this new organisation recently.

It is an initiative of the Centre for Mental Health and has been started because “…our committment [sic] to protecting patients has led us [Centre for Mental Health] and a number of partners to form the European Alliance for Access to Safe Medicines (EAASM).”

Clearly this is breaking news as web searches bring up absolutely nothing about the EAASM as yet.

I admit I have been looking as I am very interested to know just who we will find among the “number of partners.”

However, I can tell you that if you want further information then perhaps I could suggest you get in touch with the Medicom Group“The company’s media-neutral vision is believed to be unique in the independently-owned sector of pharmaceutical marketing providers. A PR company will naturally provide clients with PR strategy and tactics, medical education agencies will propose educational tactics and publishers will promote print execution. The capacity of Medicom Group to provide all of these core marketing disciplines creates a unique environment in which an integrated tactical strategy most appropriate for the client’s brand can be delivered. This is at the forefront of the Medicom Group offering.”

The Medicom Group has an impressive client list including Glaxo, Pfizer, Roche, Merck, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Sanofi Aventis etc etc.

Now, of course this in itself is not a bad thing…

What I wonder though, is who is footing the bill for the EAASM? What part is Medicom playing in this? What are the aims of the EAASM?

Some of you might think this is just another example of Astroturfing… I certainly hope it isn’t as it would be most cynical for the drugs industry to operate in this way – see here and here for more information.

Once we know more about the position of the Alliance, maybe we should remember Jim Thomson’s words “…ask yourself one question… What does this person, or this organisation, have to gain from taking this position?”

I don’t know.

But what I do know is that there are questions that need to be answered about the EAASM.

6 Responses to “The European Alliance for Access to Safe Medicines”

  1. Matthew Holford Says:

    I see that Medicom regards “tactics” and “strategy” of one sort and another to be the essential stuff of marketing. I suppose one does need elaborate plans and schemes, if one can’t count on the product being good enough to sell itself.

    Matt

  2. Paul Flynn Says:

    There are many groups that been set up by the Pharmas to act as their mouthpieces. it would be interesting to discover the genesis of this body.

    The person who fronts the European Patients Association is an ex boss of the Depression Alliance. He is a former solicitor with an interesting history. He left DA in the nineties.

    Any information you acquire about these bodies would be welcome. I am vice-Chair of the Council of Europe Health Committee.

    Best,

  3. truthman30 Says:

    Hmmm..

    My questions to the ” European Alliance for Access to Safe Medicines” would be…

    1.Why has Seroxat still got a licence?..
    2.Why is a killer drug which has maimed and harmed countless thousands of people still being prescribed?..
    3.What does the EAASM actually do?…

  4. seroxat secrets… Innervate Ltd, Jim Thomson and the Centre for Mental Health « Says:

    […] Centre for Mental Health June 27th, 2007 — admin Hmmm. I’ve been looking into The European Alliance for Access to Safe Medicines once again… while considering this new organisation and what it may or may not stand for (we […]

  5. seroxat secrets… Big Pharma blogs back at us « Says:

    […] I notice with interest a new post about counterfeit drugs – “Most fake drugs will come through the Web. They will be bought by kids who will use them recreationally or to resell them. Organized crime will profit and kids will suffer.” That message rings a very loud bell – you can read about the European Alliance for Access to Safe Medicines here. […]

  6. Jim Thomson and the European Alliance for Access to Safe Medicines « seroxat secrets… Says:

    […] on the website Jim tells us (or at the person who wrote the copy at Medicom Group tells […]


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