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Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients

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Medicine is broken. We like to imagine that its based on evidence and the results of fair tests. In reality, those tests are often profoundly flawed. We like to imagine that doctors are familiar with the research literature surrounding a drug, 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 industry. We like to imagine that regulators let only effective drugs onto the market, when in reality they approve hopeless drugs, with data on side effects casually withheld from doctors and patients.

All these problems have been protected from public scrutiny because they're too complex to capture in a sound bite. But Dr. 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 on a global scale affects us. In his own words, “the tricks and distortions documented in these pages are beautiful, intricate, and fascinating in their details.” With Goldacre's characteristic flair and a forensic attention to detail, Bad Pharma reveals a shockingly broken system and calls for something to be done. This is the pharmaceutical industry as it has never been seen before.

Review:

"[Bad Pharma] is a book to make you enraged — properly, bone-shakingly furious — because its about how big business puts profits over patient welfare [and] allows people to die because they dont want to disclose damning research evidence....This is a book that desperately needed to be written....A work of brilliance." Max Pemberton, The Telegraph

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"A thorough piece of investigative medical journalism. What keeps you turning its pages is the accessibility of Goldacres writing...his genuine, indignant passion, his careful gathering of evidence and his use of stories, some of them personal, which bring the book to life." Luisa Dillner, The Guardian

Synopsis:

We like to imagine that medicine is based on evidence and the results of fair tests. In reality, those tests are often profoundly flawed. We like to imagine that doctors are familiar with the research literature about a drug, 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 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're too complex to capture in a sound bite. But 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 on a global scale affects us.

With Goldacre's characteristic flair and a forensic attention to detail, Bad Pharma reveals a shockingly broken system and calls for something to be done. This is the pharmaceutical industry as it has never been seen before.

About the Author

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

Product Details

ISBN:
9780865478008
Subtitle:
How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients
Author:
Goldacre, Ben
Publisher:
Faber & Faber
Subject:
Health and Medicine-General
Subject:
Methodology
Subject:
Pharmacology
Subject:
Ethics
Subject:
Industries/Pharmaceutical & Biotechnology
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20130205
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in

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Product details 448 pages Faber & Faber - English 9780865478008 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[Bad Pharma] is a book to make you enraged — properly, bone-shakingly furious — because its about how big business puts profits over patient welfare [and] allows people to die because they dont want to disclose damning research evidence....This is a book that desperately needed to be written....A work of brilliance."
"Review" by , "A thorough piece of investigative medical journalism. What keeps you turning its pages is the accessibility of Goldacres writing...his genuine, indignant passion, his careful gathering of evidence and his use of stories, some of them personal, which bring the book to life."
"Synopsis" by , We like to imagine that medicine is based on evidence and the results of fair tests. In reality, those tests are often profoundly flawed. We like to imagine that doctors are familiar with the research literature about a drug, 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 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're too complex to capture in a sound bite. But 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 on a global scale affects us.

With Goldacre's characteristic flair and a forensic attention to detail, Bad Pharma reveals a shockingly broken system and calls for something to be done. This is the pharmaceutical industry as it has never been seen before.

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