Crowd shot at SiTP, courtesy Dave Bailey/ASR
Thank you to everyone that attended my talk yesterday at Skeptics In the Pub on the topic of Over-The-Counter drugs. I enjoyed the opportunity to speak, and all the discussion it generated. As promised, here’s a list of references and further readings. Some are written by myself, some by my colleagues at Science-Based Medicine or other blogs. Some are direct link to the source material.
Regulatory Framework for OTC drugs: Why are some drugs prescription, and others over-the-counter?
Rx, OTC, BTC – Wading into Pharmacy’s Alphabet Soup
Children’s Cough and Cold Products
What’s with the new cough and cold products?
Cough and Cold Products for Children: Risk and No Benefit
Natural Health Products Regulations
Safe and Effective? A Consumer’s Guide to Natural Health Products
Horny Goat Weed
Placebo effects for pain
Placebo effects revisited
What is Science-Based Medicine?
Of SBM and EBM Redux. Part I: Does EBM Undervalue Basic Science and Overvalue RCTs?
Of SBM and EBM Redux. Part II: Is it a Good Idea to test Highly Implausible Health Claims?
Of SBM and EBM Redux. Part III: Parapsychology is the Role Model for “CAM” Research
Of SBM and EBM Redux. Part IV: More Cochrane and a little Bayes
Of SBM and EBM Redux. Part IV, Continued: More Cochrane and a little Bayes
The risks of CAM: How much do we know?
John Ioannidis: Why Most Published Research Findings are False
Withdrawn: Cochrane review of Oscillococcinum
Weight loss using a meal replacement strategy or orlistat or green tea
Reviews of herbal products and other supplements from Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database (subscription required).
(For credible, science-based information on obesity and weight loss, check out Weighty Matters, Obesity Panacea, and Dr. Sharma’s Obesity Notes)
The detox myth
Resolving to lose weight?
The drugstore detox delusion
Cough and Colds
The Common Cold Centre
Common Cold Resource Site
Treating the Common Cold
Ginseng and Cold-fX and this post, from Ottawa Skeptics.
Echinacea for Colds and the Flu
Echinacea for Cold and Flu
Assessment of the antitussive efficacy of codeine in cough associated with the common cold.
Other Topics Discussed
Do calcium supplements cause heart attacks?
Anti-inflammatory drug toxicity, cardiovascular risks, and topical products.
Snake Oil Science, Trick or Treatment, and Bad Science.
Blogs to follow: Science-Based Pharmacy, Science-Based Medicine, Skeptic North, and the Web of Trust Project.
If I’ve neglected anything, let me know in the comments.