I'm in town to give a presentation on the importance of API and excipient quality, the urgency of advancing pharmacovigilance, and the evolution of both regulatory innovation and international regulatory fraternity.
The local english-language newspaper is The Moscow Times. It's what you get at the hotel. And amidst all the stories on NSA wire-tapping was an editorial that nearly made my heart stop. The title, "Dispelling the Smoke Screen." Here's the opening paragraph:
"The statement that smoking is harmful to your health is only a theory, not a medical fact."
Don't believe me? Read the article and then exhale. And then get angry.
This in a nation where non-communicable diseases (most notably alchohol and heart disease) are major killers. 50% of Russians smoke cigarettes.
I intend to discuss this article during my presentation.