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BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 17 August 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:368

Pharma papers go on the web: The University of California in San Francisco has launched a website containing more than 8000 pages of internal documents from the drug company Parke-Davis, a division of Warner-Lambert, later acquired by Pfizer. They come from a successful legal suit in 2004, which established the company had aggressively promoted its antiseizure drug Neurontin (gabapentin). See

China should review bird flu surveillance: The World Health Organization has urged the Chinese government to review its surveillance of H5N1 avian influenza after the authorities confirmed that the country's first known human case occurred in November 2003, two years earlier than previously recorded. The case came to light in a letter published in the New England Journal of Medicine in June. See BMJ 2006;333: 7 (1 Jul).

Drugs need to be adapted for children: A World Health Organization led initiative to improve drugs appropriate for children has agreed to expand access to formulations developed for children, such as fixed dose combinations with several pills in one. This is crucial for children's correct use of medicines and adherence to treatment, agreed the meeting in Geneva last week of representatives from more than 20 countries.

Authorities talk tough on violent patients: Police and NHS security officers have agreed a get tough approach towards people who are violent to NHS staff. Both are committed to investigate every reported incident and to pressure the courts on tougher sentencing for offenders. See the memorandum of understanding at

UK donates aid to China: The UK Department for International Development has announced £30m (€44m; $57m) in aid to China over the next four and a half years to help with the country's programme for people with HIV and AIDS. See

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