Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients

Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients

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Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients by Ben Goldacre, Jonathan Cowley

"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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781452641690
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
Publication date: 02/05/2013
Edition description: Library - Unabridged CD
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Ben Goldacre is a doctor and a writer. His first book, Bad Science, was an international bestseller and has been translated into twenty-five languages. He lives in London.

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Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How is it possible that we take medications by the millions that may or may not work or be the best choice. Even physicians who read the literature, make evidence based choices and then ethically discuss the data with patients are frequently at a disadvantage because the data is flawed. Pharmaceutical Companies choose which studies they release. They don't compare their drugs against other drugs but against placebos. The real question is why the FDA doesn't require all data to be released and make the pharmaceutical companies prove that their drugs are indeed better than nothing or better than other drugs already available. Also, it's almost impossible for drugs to be taken off the market once they are approved. Another problem is the intense way that physicians are marketed to prescribe the new, best drugs. What is needed is good science.
the_home_librarian More than 1 year ago
Dr. Ben Goldacre is, perhaps, the most important whistleblower in health care today. He connects the dots meticulously and equips readers with the facts needed to reform the practice of medicine for all.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not as good as Bad Science, but still a very interesting an imortant read.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When commercials are shown on tv about a new drug for something, the list of side effects is amazing. Do your research. Check out the drugs you are familiar with. See for yourself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ridiculous nonsense. So physicians can be so easily bought and sold? Pharmaceutical companies in the US are extremely regulated in what they are allowed to do for physicians now.