Public Affairs: The Week in Lobbying

- The American Pharmaceutical Group has handed fresh public affairs briefs to Fleishman-Hillard and Hanover Communications. The two agencies held on to the accounts following a ten-way pitch process. Hanover handles public affairs and corporate comms in the UK while F-H deals with issues around access to medicine in the developing world.

- Catch 22, the charity formed last year by the merger of young people's charity Rainer and crime-prevention charity Crime Concern, has appointed Help the Aged's head of public affairs Kate Jopling. She joins as head of policy and public affairs, having spent six years at Help the Aged.

- APCO lobbying led to government ministers backing down from supporting British people who claim a US firm's drugs caused them heart attacks and strokes, The Guardian reported this week. Merck is refusing to compensate hundreds of Britons who say their health was damaged by pain relief drug Vioxx. The Government initially pledged to help people fight against Merck - but then withdrew its support. The Guardian reported that, according to official briefing notes: 'Merck launched a campaign to head off government support for the alleged victims, with the help of a lobbying firm, APCO.'

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus

Latest Articles

John Lewis to tell brand story with "tasteful" 150th anniversary celebrations

John Lewis to tell brand story with "tasteful" 150th anniversary celebrations

Department store John Lewis is to use its 150th anniversary this year to talk about its history, which "not enough people know about", according to director of communications Peter Cross.

Labour hires Obama election strategist David Axelrod to fight General Election

Labour hires Obama election strategist David Axelrod to fight General Election

The man who helped Barack Obama win the 2008 and 2012 US presidential elections is to work for Labour along with members of his team.

Sky adds Fever PR to its roster after splitting with Cake

Sky adds Fever PR to its roster after splitting with Cake

Pay-TV giant Sky has added Fever PR to its agency line-up for a wide-ranging brief covering products and services.

Max Clifford trial jury to continue deliberations after Easter break

Max Clifford trial jury to continue deliberations after Easter break

The jury in the trial of celebrity publicist Max Clifford has been sent home for Easter and will reconvene on Tuesday for further deliberations about its verdicts on 11 charges of indecent assault.

Home Office brings in Munro & Forster to campaign against FGM

Home Office brings in Munro & Forster to campaign against FGM

The Home Office has tasked Munro & Forster (M&F) with supporting its campaign to eradicate female genital mutilation (FGM) as part of a wider retained brief.