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A Bruxelles, le lobbying sur les médicaments se frotte à la transparence

Depuis trois ans, de nouvelles règles sont sensées brider l’influence des lobbyings pharmaceutiques. Mais il reste du chemin à parcourir. Enquête à la Commission européenne. Dans les interminables dédales de couloirs et de bâtiments de la Commission européenne, il est facile de se perdre. Certains n’ont pourtant pas de difficultés à se repérer. Les 176 lobbyistes employés par l’industrie pharmaceutique à Bruxelles connaissent bien le chemin. Trop, accusait récemment un rapport de l’association l’Observatoire de l’Europe industrielle (CEO), qui s’inquiète de leur influence sur les lois et des conséquences sur la santé publique. Pour lire l’article de Gaëlle Fleitour

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Coca-Cola’s transparency initiative

As promised in his op-ed in the Wall Street Journal in August, Muhtar Kent, the CEO of Coca-Cola, is making its funding transparent. He said he directed Sandy Douglas, president of Coca-Cola North America, to « Publish on our website a list of our efforts to reduce calories and market responsibly, along with a list of health and well-being partnerships and research activities we have funded in the past five years, which we will continue to update every six months« . True to his word, here is Coca-Cola’s commitment to transparency: The company’s transparency website A list of the organizations it funds A …

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Coca-Cola Funds Scientists Who Shift Blame for Obesity Away From Bad Diets

Sunshine Act, Open Payments, Transparence Santé

Coca-Cola, the world’s largest producer of sugary beverages, is backing a new “science-based” solution to the obesity crisis: To maintain a healthy weight, get more exercise and worry less about cutting calories. The beverage giant has teamed up with influential scientists who are advancing this message in medical journals, at conferences and through social media. To help the scientists get the word out, Coke has provided financial and logistical support to a new nonprofit organization called the Global Energy Balance Network, which promotes the argument that weight-conscious Americans are overly fixated on how much they eat and drink while not …

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Should scientists with financial ties to Monsanto be subject to FOIA requests?

Sunday’s New York Times story on academic conflicts of interest focused on scientists with financial ties to Monsanto.  The ties were revealed by open-records requests for e-mails and other information. The Times was not the only one to make these requests.  U.S. Right to Know, a group devoted to investigating Big Food and its front groups had already done so.  U.S. Right to Know is funded primarily by the Organic Consumers Association, a national grassroots network advocating for organics, sustainability, and food safety—but against GMOs. U.S. Right to Know rightfully takes credit for establishing the basis of the Times’ story.  It sent open-records requests …

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Food Industry Enlisted Academics in G.M.O. Lobbying War, Emails Show

Sunshine Act, Open Payments, Transparence Santé

At Monsanto, sales of genetically modified seeds were steadily rising. But executives at the company’s St. Louis headquarters were privately worried about attacks on the safety of their products. So Monsanto, the world’s largest seed company, and its industry partners retooled their lobbying and public relations strategy to spotlight a rarefied group of advocates: academics, brought in for the gloss of impartiality and weight of authority that come with a professor’s pedigree. “Professors/researchers/scientists have a big white hat in this debate and support in their states, from politicians to producers,” Bill Mashek, a vice president at Ketchum, a public relations …

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British Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt : NHS bosses face jail over links to drug firms

Senior medical staff will be forced to declare all gifts and hospitality they receive from drug companies or face the sack and the threat of jail. In a major crackdown on corruption in the National Health Service, all hospitals and GP groups will be required to keep a register of hospitality and gifts from pharmaceutical firms to health service staff. Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, says he was forced to act after the Telegraph uncovered “disturbing” evidence of senior NHS managers being paid thousands of pounds and taken on expensive trips by firms lobbying to get their drugs used. To …

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