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Volume 22, Issue 4 - Good Pharma

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There are different definitions of the adjective ‘good’, e.g. morally excellent; satisfactory in quality, quantity or degree; of high quality; excellent; well-behaved; etc. as the web dictionary tells us. In ‘good pharma’ the meaning of ‘good’ is most probably a moral one. ‘Good pharma’ corresponds more to the morally outstanding performance of the pharmaceutical industry and less to the quality of pharmaceutical products or financial performance of the industry. However, if you think about a ‘good medical writer’ the term ‘good’ does not stand for a morally excellent professional but for a person doing his or her job very well. Thus, ‘good’ seems to change its meaning when used in connection with different words. This is the semantic information carried within the phrase which is – by the way – mostly ignored by automatic translation systems. There is a whole research area focusing on dictionaries or systems that do not only translate the words one by one but also the meaning they carry – even for proverbs.



Good pharma
Message from the President
Transparency and the healthcare industry: The Sun is shining
Sunshine spreading across the Atlantic and over Europe
Bad karma
If a misinformed voice speaks out in the wilderness and no one refutes it, does it make a sound? A call to advocacy
The Big Pharma conspiracy theory
Editorial: Pharmaism
Legal remedies for medical ghostwriting: Imposing fraud liability on guest authors of ghostwritten articles
A decade of change: A new ISMPP has arrived
Selling evidence over the counter: Do community pharmacists engage with evidence-based medicine?
Good regulatory practice and the role(s) of a regulatory affairs professional
Profile: An interview with Dr Gustavo A. Silva on the concept of public health in medical writing and translation
AuthorAID: An international service and chance to serve
India as a hub for ethical and evidence-based medical communications
Providing value for medicines in older people
In the Bookstores
Journal Watch
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Regulatory Writing
Medical Communications
Manuscript Writing
Out On Our Own
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