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Action against Medical Accidents (AvMA) is the UK charity for patient safety and justice. We provide free and confidential advice and support to people affected by medical accidents, via our helpline and casework service and can refer to our panel of specialist clinical negligence solicitors or other sources of support where appropriate.

Alosa Foundation's mission is to improve patient outcomes by identifying and disseminating the best evidence available, to support health care professionals in providing optimal care for their patients.

AntiDepAware - promoting awareness of the potential dangers of antidepressants.

Antidote-Europe is a scientific committee of researchers and medical professionals whose aim is to promote advances in biology and toxicology for the benefit of human health and safety. Antidote-Europe has no political, philosophical or religious affiliations.

ASAT (Assuring Safety without Animal Testing) Foundation focuses on risk assessment in public health protection, and aims to make animal testing of chemicals redundant by taking advantage of rapid advances in science and technology.

Association for the Abolition of Animal Experiments campaigns in Switzerland to inform the public about the dangers to human health resulting from animal experimentation.

Asterand is the leading supplier of human tissue and tissue-based services: "Our mission is to assist the drug discovery industry develop new therapeutics at less cost and get them into the Phase 1 clinical trials with the best possible chance of success. We offer services at the critical Phase ZERO, or pre-clinical drug development in human tissues."

Bandolier is an independent journal about evidence-based healthcare.

Biopta specialises in human tissue bioassays, early detection of adverse cardiovascular risk factors and measurements of vascular function during clinical trials. Their rationale is "proof of concept in man."

The Centre for Mathematical Medicine comprises members of the University of Nottingham who use mathematics to provide insights into biomedical phenomena. They aim to promote the application of mathematical modelling to medicine and the biomedical sciences, and to stimulate multi-disciplinary research through workshops, seminars and information-sharing.

The Cochrane Collaboration is an international non-profit and independent organisation, dedicated to making up-to-date, accurate information about the effects of healthcare readily available worldwide. It produces and disseminates systematic reviews of healthcare interventions and promotes the search for evidence in the form of clinical trials and other studies of interventions.

ConsumerSafety.org strives to make information about recalls and safety-related news about drugs, medical devices, food, and consumer products accessible to everyone in a transparent, easily understandable way.

DUETs (UK Database of Uncertainties about the Effects of Treatments) People have suffered and died unnecessarily because uncertainties about the effects of treatments have not been addressed in research. This NHS database has been established in order to guide the prioritisation of future research.

Drug Development Technology is a reference resource providing information for professionals and students within the global medical industry.

Drug Information - Drugwatch.com is a comprehensive Web site featuring extensive information about medications, drug interactions, and is currently trying to raise awareness about Accutane side effects.

Drug Safety Testing Conference

ETHICAL TISSUE is a research tissue bank, licensed by the Human Tissue Authority (HTA) to collect, store and supply a wide range of human tissue, cells and fluids to biomedical research groups in academia and industry

facsaware.net raising awareness of Fetal Anti Convulsant Syndromes

FRAME (Fund for the Replacement of Animals in Medical Experiments)
FRAME's ultimate aim is the elimination of the need to use laboratory animals in any kind of medical or scientific procedure.

Healthy Skepticism is an international non-profit organisation whose main aim is to improve health by reducing harm from misleading drug promotion.

Human Focused Testing "The most comprehensive resourse for all things biotech for providers and searchers on the net"

InterNICHE is a global network of students and teachers campaigning for progressive science education, whose focus is animal use and alternatives within biological science, medical and veterinary medical education.

The James Lind Alliance is a coalition of organisations representing patients and clinicians collaborating to confront important uncertainties about the effects of treatments.

The James Lind Library illustrates the evolution of fair tests of medical treatments.

The Journal of Translational Medicine is an open access, online journal publishing papers on all aspects of information derived from human experimentation that will optimise the communication between basic and clinical science (translational medicine). Traditionally, information has passed from the bench to the bedside, leaving the reverse direction largely ignored. However, information obtained from human experimentation can and should be used to refine our understanding of biological principles. This journal promotes communication both from bench to bedside and bedside to bench, with an emphasis on the latter. No other journal is devoted to this critical aspect of medicine.

The Medical Research Modernisation Committee is a US-based health advocacy group composed of physicians, scientists and other health care professionals who evaluate the benefits, risks and costs of medical research methods and technologies. The MRMC attributes the steadily increasing incidence of cancer, AIDS, and other uniquely human diseases to inadequate treatment approaches derived from research programs based on artificial and unnatural laboratory "models." The billions of dollars spent on these research programs should be redirected to population-based prevention and (human) clinical research studies.

MedicationSense.com: Medication side effects are the #4 leading cause of death in the U.S. annually (JAMA 1998). Yet, few people receive adequate information when medication is prescribed. This website is dedicated to providing information to help you and your doctor make informed, intelligent choices about medications and natural alternatives to maximise the benefits and minimise the risks of treatment.

The National Patient Safety Agency is a Special Health Authority created in July 2001 to co-ordinate efforts in Britain to report, and more importantly to learn from mistakes and problems that affect patient safety.

NNT (Number Needed to Treat): Quick summaries of evidence-based medicine, from a group of physicians who have developed a rating system to evaluate therapies based on their patient-important benefits and harms, using only the highest quality, evidence-based studies (frequently, but not always Cochrane Reviews), and accepting no outside funding or advertisements.

Nofreelunch is an international organisation seeking to change the current relationship between the health professions and the pharmaceutical industry. This relationship is based on hospitality and patronage which is unknown and undeclared to the general public. Without action we will continue with the relentless medicalisation of society and further erode our collective sense of wellbeing.

The Physician's Committee for Responsible Medicine is a US-based nonprofit organisation that promotes preventive medicine, conducts clinical research, and encourages higher standards for ethics and effectiveness in research.

The goal of the Physiome Project is to understand and describe quantitatively the human organism, its physiology and pathophysiology, and to use this understanding to build and improve upon computational 'models', with the aim of improving human health.

Prescrire Independent French therapeutics journal, with English section of website

Recall Report was created to alert the US public to the latest information on dangerous drugs and products.

RxISK is the first free, independent website where patients, doctors, and pharmacists can research prescription drugs and easily report a drug side effect — identifying problems and possible solutions earlier than is currently happening.

Tissue Solutions is a customer- focused provider of ethically sourced human samples required for preclinical drug development and research. Our management team has a wealth of experience gained from many years in the biotech and pharmaceutical industry.

The Virtual Physiological Human Network of Excellence is a project which aims to help support and progress European research in biomedical modelling and simulation of the human body. This will improve our ability to predict, diagnose and treat disease, and have a dramatic impact on the future of healthcare, the pharmaceutical and medical device industries.

Worstpills.org is maintained by a division of Public Citizen: a nonprofit, nonpartisan public interest group in the USA. A primary focus is working to ban or relabel unsafe or ineffective drugs and to encourage greater transparency and accountability in the drug approval process.

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