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Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients


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New book coming out in September by Ben Goldacre, author of the bestseller 'Bad Science'.

 

I've only read few things written by him but the guy sure seems smart and seems to know what is talking about.

 

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Thanks, Frank! This looks like a good read for those fond of pharma horror stories.

 

Amazon's Book Description

Publication Date: 27 Sep 2012

 

‘Bad Science’ hilariously exposed the tricks that quacks and journalists use to distort science, becoming a 400,000 copy bestseller. Now Ben Goldacre puts the $600bn global pharmaceutical industry under the microscope. What he reveals is a fascinating, terrifying mess.

 

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.

 

Ben Goldacre is Britain’s finest writer on the science behind medicine, and ‘Bad Pharma’ is a clear and witty attack, showing exactly how the science has been distorted, how our systems have been broken, and how easy it would be to fix them.

 

This is not medical advice. Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical practitioner.

"It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has surpassed our humanity." -- Albert Einstein

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I <3 Ben Goldacre.

This is not medical advice. Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical practitioner.

"It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has surpassed our humanity." -- Albert Einstein

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Ben Goldacre's new book, Bad Pharma, won't be published in the U.S. until February, but I couldn't wait and ordered it from Amazon UK. I'm only 80 pages in, but it's so well written and informative that I wanted to recommend it here for those who may be interested. To me, it is as electrifying as Bob Whitaker's Anatomy of an Epidemic.

 

I've got "typing block" again so that's all I can communicate right now. Will try to comment more extensively later.

 

Relevant links:

Bad Pharma (Amazon US)

Bad Pharma (Amazon UK)

 

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