How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients
Format: eBook, 304 pages
ISBN: 978-0-7710-3631-6 (0-7710-3631-0)
Pub Date: February 5, 2013
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We all feel uncomfortable about the role of profit in healthcare, we all have a vague notion that the global $600bn pharmaceutical industry is somehow evil and untrustworthy, but that sense rarely goes beyond a flaky, undifferentiated new age worldview. Bad Pharma puts real flesh on those bones, revealing the rigged evidence used by drug companies. Bad information means bad treatment decisions, which means patients suffer and die: there is no climactic moment of villainy, but drugs are used which are overpriced, less effective, and have more side effects. There are five cheap, easy things we can do to fix the problem. Bad Pharma takes a big dirty secret out into the open, and will provide a single focus for concerns people have both inside and outside medicine.Review Quotes
“Goldacre is at his best.”
“Bad Pharma will confirm his status as a thorn in the side of the medical Establishment – Goldacre’s detailed research would be hard for any drug-company executive to contradict”
“Bad Pharma is an engaging, polemic, and elegant book. . . . The real strength of Goldacre’s book is that he has answers. . . . This is an important book. Ben Goldacre is angry, and by the time you put Bad Pharma down, you should be too.”
“[Bad Pharma] is a detailed . . . catalogue of the many ways [pharmaceutical] companies have cheated to cut their costs, increase sales, and make billions more in profits. . . . This is a book that every medical doctor, including your own, ought to read. It is definitely a book that every health minister in Canada ought to read and thoroughly digest . . .”
BEN GOLDACRE is a doctor and award-winning science writer who has written the Bad Science column in the Guardian since 2003. His work focuses on unpicking the evidence behind misleading claims from journalists, the pharmaceutical industry, alternative therapists, and government reports. He has made a number of documentaries for BBC Radio 4, and his book Bad Science has been translated into twenty languages. He lives in London, England.
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