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5.0 out of 5 stars Healy's On Song With Pharmageddon,
This review is from: Pharmageddon (Hardcover)Pharmageddon is a meticulous look at the inside workings of the pharmaceutical industry and the way in which prescription drugs are marketed throughout the world and how this aids in the survival of some of the most richest and influential global organisations in the world today.
Dr David Healy, a Professor of Psychiatry at Cardiff University and the author of many publications, has painstakingly chartered the history of pharmaceutical wares and shows, in many instances, how `evidence-based' medicines aren't really evidence based at all. In fact, quite the contrary.
Clinical trials that were initially designed to find faults in a product have found their way into a world where time (and money) is of the essence and where trials carried out today appear to put the onus on the patient to report any faults in the product...after it has been granted a licence by the regulatory bodies...sometimes many years after its release into the market.
Medical journals, in which prescription drugs are often promoted as being safe and effective, have also played a huge role in the prescribing of drugs, that are, in many instances, not safe or effective at all.
Healy explains why this is so in a carefully crafted and extensively researched book that throws light on the internal misgivings of a complex industry where kickbacks and ghostwritten material are commonplace.
His walk through history and to present will leave the reader, be they professional or patient, in no doubt that Pharmageddon is just around the corner and we are, indeed, in our end days of pharmaceutical control and manipulation.
Pharmageddon is not a critique of the pharmaceutical per se but it does show how the dollar has become the main objective opposed to helping a patient battle an illness with drugs that, on many occasions, make the illness worse or, indeed, create a new illness for patients to deal with.
Many side effects to prescription drugs go unreported, more often than not those side effects are seen by healthcare professionals as a need to prescribe more drugs because they fail to see that the medications are actually making matters worse. Moreover, these same healthcare professionals are visited by pharmaceutical reps who, after leaving free gifts, tell them that their drugs are better than others, proving efficacy by pointing to opinions given by respected thought leaders that have published papers in medical journals showing how safe and effective the drug is.
It's a marketing strategy played out to perfection by an industry whose promotional tools include marketing an illness before the product, to reel in prospective buyers of a future product.
The launch of Pharmageddon comes on top of Healy's new website, RxISK, a domain that offers a reporting system for patients and doctors to report adverse reactions caused by a myriad of pharmaceutical products.
It is only by reading Healy's book and using reporting systems such as Rxisk that the wheels of Pharmageddon can grind to a halt and that the concept of treating patients can return to the days of patient care rather than pharmaceutical profit.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Some Disturbing Truths About Medicine And Doctors.,
This review is from: Pharmageddon (Kindle Edition)Professor Healey sets out to indict 'Big Pharma' for many of society's ill's and makes an admirable case. He lists the origins and history of medicine and physicians with considerable skill and details that are hard to refute. He also makes his case with considerable literary ability; I had some problem in putting his book down.
He manages to deliver insights without becoming bogged down in the (often) inscrutable details of the science, and the reader requiring a degree in Biochemistry. I suggest that it should be made compulsary reading for all students of medicine. We might then make some better Doctors of them.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have,
This review is from: Pharmageddon (Hardcover)This is a must have for anyone interested in health, the NHS, and the power of "big pharma". Prof Healy's book is well researched with notations on where his information has come from. You will be amazed and horrified at how pharmaceutical companies are controlling nations' health, our doctors, and our government. In Pharmageddon, Prof Healy has handed complementary therapists the keys to combatting the detractors.
5.0 out of 5 stars David Healy,
I have begun to wonder if my mother's initial Alzheimer's diagnosis took into account her anxiety medication or the post traumatic stress of WW2. She also took corticosteroids for asthma (anxiety induced or possibly as a result of working in the textile industry in the 1950s and 1960s and calcium medication for osteoporosis). She also took part in a clinical trial for Aricept.
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing book which everyone who takes regualar standard medication should read,
5.0 out of 5 stars My hero. Moving to Ireland!,
4.0 out of 5 stars Pharmageddon,
This review is from: Pharmageddon (Hardcover)The book is a bit long winded. It's repetitive and hard going, but nevertheless quite interesting. It could be alarming to the less cynical.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Proof of things we all know about the pharmaceutical industry.,
This review is from: Pharmageddon (Kindle Edition)If, like myself you suspected that the production of drugs had more to do with money than medicine, then this book will provide you with the evidence as well as the historical perspective on how things got to be this bad. Drugs are responsible for more deaths than some of the worse holocausts and natural disasters humanity has suffered. And all for sake of the balance sheet.
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Pharmageddon by David Healy (Hardcover - 9 Mar 2012)