Bad Pharma

Bad Pharma

How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients

Book - 2013
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In this book the author puts the $600 billion dollar global pharmaceutical industry under the microscope. What he reveals is a fascinating, terrifying mess. His previous book Bad Science exposed the tricks that quacks and journalists use to distort science. In this follow-up, he points out that doctors and patients need good scientific evidence to make informed decisions. But instead, companies run bad trials on their own drugs, which distort and exaggerate the benefits by design. When these trials produce unflattering results, the data is simply buried. All of this is perfectly legal. In fact, even government regulators withhold vitally important data from the people who need it most. Doctors and patient groups have stood by too, and failed to protect us. Instead, they take money and favours, in a world so fractured that medics and nurses are now educated by the drugs industry. Patients are harmed in huge numbers. The author, a writer on the science behind medicine, here shows exactly how the science has been distorted, how our systems have been broken, and waht is needed to fix them.
Publisher: New York : Faber and Faber, 2013.
Edition: 1st American ed.
ISBN: 9780865478008
0865478007
Branch Call Number: 615.1072 Goldacre 02/2013
Characteristics: xvii, 426 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm.

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RDL
Jan 17, 2016

This book along with The Great Cholesterol Myth will make you wonder about the soundness of the physicians prescriptions.
It certainly appears that institutions were setup to serve the employees and lobbying companies rather than the public.

Too bad Goldacre only has the power to influence rather than enforce laws.

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StarGladiator
Jul 23, 2013

An incredible indictment of the pharaceutical industry by a muckraking British doctor. [An outstanding book to read concurrently or after this book is Morbid Symptoms, from the Socialist Register; subtitled, Health Under Capitalism.]

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