Originally rejected by the London Review of Books, this post details why Ben Goldacre’s ‘Bad Pharma’ plays right into the hands of. ‘Bad Science’ hilariously exposed the tricks that quacks and journalists use to distort science, becoming a , copy bestseller. Now Ben Goldacre puts the . Bad Pharma (4th Estate, ) is my book about the misuse of evidence by the pharmaceutical industry, especially the way that negative trial data goes missing .

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Discrepancies in data given to different regulators. Rosiglitazone was lauded for reducing blood sugar levels in people with diabetes and so for reducing heart attacks.

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However, it must be remembered that the golcacre patient data for even a modest trial run to thousands of printed pages. Steroids for premature births. Maybe you’ll decide for yourself. Published online Oct The fact is that medicine is one of the most successful and valued enterprises in the civilised world and, as Goldacre himself acknowledges, it owes a great deal to medicines developed in the last few decades, despite the flaws in the phqrma.

The parameters taken into account golxacre sometimes not mortality and MI rate, but blood cholesterol levels LDH etc. It will make you angry about the pharmaceutical industry, which is rather the point. The reasons he has no real accurate knowledge are many, but here are the best: Oct 19, John rated it it was amazing.

Patients phsrma lied to by consent forms since if data is not published this does not lead to increase in our knowledge. Tricks to make all company sponsored studies positive. Regrettably most countries rely on pharmaceutical companies to disseminate information on their own products — and they are hardly unbiased sources of information.


Delving into issues such as pricing, drug trials, suppression of research and trial reports, Goldacre uncovers how strong the hold over our medication is and calls for changes across the board, citing things that patients, doctors, governments, researchers and the drug companies can do. Transparency and data access are obvious. Br J Clin Pharmacol. Government should fund research.

Nothing, they are on the side of the pharmacological industry. Eleven children died as a result. In their forty years of practice after leaving medical school, doctors hear about what works ad hoc, from sales reps, colleagues and journals. But the conventional double-blind randomized controlled trial, despite the shortcomings that Goldacre complains of in the design and analysis of many that are performed, has delivered a great deal of valuable information that benefits patients, and is rightly regarded as the best methodology when it is practicable.

Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients

Goldacree 11, Bill rated it really liked it. Some of what Goldacre wants to see is indeed happening — in America the so called Sunshine Act will mean pharmaceutical companies must say how much they have paid doctors and for which activities.

Conferences as trade fairs. This book should really be more of a topic for discussion than it currently is. And then demand that your legislators control this industry. Pharmaceutical industry in the United States. In their forty years of practice after leaving medical school, doctors hear about what works through ad hoc oral traditions, from sales reps, colleagues or journals. There is lots of detail on the appalling way that the industry is regulated, even though it is very heavily regulated, most of it is ineffective and not enforced, and where the regulation could be improved to help patients and save lives these are not enforced or are not enacted on after lobbying from the industry.


Bad Pharma: how drug companies mislead doctors and harm patients

Maybe you expect the doctor, as the specialist, beb be able to diagnose and treat you accordingly. Many parts contain Bombardment of information, even for me. Books by Ben Goldacre. As someone with experience in both the world of research and clinical medicine, I can say that the information in this book is accurate. Goldacre does a great job of highlighting that many concerns we need to be aware of, and take measures to correct, if we are to have any real understanding of any medical concerns we attempt to study.

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Goldacre has a way of making complex science subjects accessible to the wider public. You might as well prescribe your own medicines: Unsurprisingly, these trials tend to produce results that favour the manufacturer. Roche has refused to share its trail data on Tamiflu.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Despite the different health care systems that exist worldwide, we all depend on for-profit pharmaceutical companies to develop and market new medicines. Big Pharma is Bad and therefore we should not trust it or use its products, benn our backs on the knowledge that has extended life-spans and improved our health during our lives.

The book has many examples and suggestions on how to improve things.