Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients

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McClelland & Stewart, Feb 5, 2013 - Science - 304 pages
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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.


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A very thorough but depressing look at the state of modern medicine and the pharmaceutical industry. More technical than his previous book Bad Science, Ben Goldacre makes a difficult subject ... Read full review

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Dr. Goldacre writes a pretty scary book, particularly for anyone who believes that science offers answers and solutions. Of course, science still does this - it's just a little more work and a lot less trustworthy than previously thought. His most interesting idea for me is the use of "pragmatic trials", but really any effort to improve the quality of pharmaceutical trials and research would be a good thing. 


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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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