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Letter to the editor

Editor, – Many letter writers declare their affiliations. Sometimes their significance is obscure to me. For example, what sort of a body is 'Medicines Australia' (Aust Prescr 2003;26:51)? It sounds official and important but the title is suspiciously trendy, like Cricket Australia rather than the Australian Cricket Board. It has a whiff of spin doctoring and public relations about it. Is it an industry lobby group perhaps, or maybe the antipodean arm of Médecins Sans Frontières? We need to know if we are to judge the communication.

G. Wise
Staff specialist
Sydney Children's Hospital
Randwick, NSW

Editor's note

Medicines Australia is the new name for the Australian Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association. Its mission statement is 'to create a favourable environment for the profitable growth of the prescription pharmaceutical industry in a socially responsible manner for the benefit of the Australian community'.