Bad Pharma

Bad Pharma

How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients

Book - 2014
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"Smart, funny, clear, unflinching: Ben Goldacre is my hero." --Mary Roach, author of Stiff , Spook , and Bonk

We like to imagine that medicine is based on evidence and the results of fair testing and clinical trials. In reality, those tests and trials are often profoundly flawed. We like to imagine that doctors who write prescriptions for everything from antidepressants to cancer drugs to heart medication are familiar with the research literature about these drugs, when in reality much of the research is hidden from them by drug companies. We like to imagine that doctors are impartially educated, when in reality much of their education is funded by the pharmaceutical industry. We like to imagine that regulators have some code of ethics and let only effective drugs onto the market, when in reality they approve useless drugs, with data on side effects casually withheld from doctors and patients.
All these problems have been shielded from public scrutiny because they are too complex to capture in a sound bite. Ben Goldacre shows that the true scale of this murderous disaster fully reveals itself only when the details are untangled. He believes we should all be able to understand precisely how data manipulation works and how research misconduct in the medical industry affects us on a global scale.
With Goldacre's characteristic flair and a forensic attention to detail, Bad Pharma reveals a shockingly broken system in need of regulation. This is the pharmaceutical industry as it has never been seen before.

Publisher: New York : Faber & Faber, Inc., 2014
Edition: First American Paperback edition
ISBN: 9780865478060
Branch Call Number: 615.1 Go
Description: xvii, 456 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm


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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.

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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