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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate (29 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 000749808X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007498086
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 3.6 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (367 customer reviews)
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‘This is a book to make you enraged – properly, bone-shakingly furious – because it’s about how big business puts profits over patient welfare, allows people to die because they don’t want to disclose damning research evidence, and the tricks they play to make sure doctors do not have all the evidence when it comes to appraising whether a drug really works or not. A work of brilliance.’ Max Pemberton, Daily Telegraph

‘This is a brilliant piece of work’ Evening Standard, William Leith

‘This is an important book. Ben Goldacre is angry, and by the time you put ‘Bad Pharma’ down, you should be too.’ New Statesman

‘Nailing the compromise between too much detail and too little, Goldacre’s brilliantly enraging study unpeels how the pharmaceutical giants routinely misrepresent science in their quest for profit.’ Sunday Telegraph

‘What keeps you turning its pages is the accessibility of Goldacre's 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.’ Luisia Dilner, Guardian

‘This is a book that deserves to be widely read, because anyone who does read it cannot help feeling both uncomfortable and angry.’ Economist

‘’Bad Pharma’ will confirm his status as a thorn in the side of the medical Establishment – Goldacre’s detailed research would be hard for any drug-company executive to contradict’ Lois Rogers, Sunday Times

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Paperback. Pub Date :2013-08-29 Pages: 448 Language: English Ben Goldacre puts the 600bn global pharmaceutical industry under the microscope What he reveals is a fascinating. terrifying mess *** Now updated with the latest government responses to the.. bookDoctors and patients need good scientific evidence to make informed decisions. But instead. companies run bad trials on their own drugs. which distort and exaggerate the benefits by design. When these trials produce unflattering results. the data is simply buried. All of this is perfectly legal. In fact. even government regulators withhold vitally important data from the people who need it most. Doctors and patient groups have stood by too. and failed to protect us. Instead. they take money and favours. in a world so fractured that medics and nurses are now educated by the drugs industry.The result: patients are harmed in ...

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I approached this book with an expectation that it would have a similar feel to Goldacre's book Bad Science, an informative wry view of how bad science and particularly erroneous statistics are used to misinform the public on science and health issues in the media and particularly the popular press. How wrong I was.

This is a tour de force attack on the dishonesty and manipulative behaviour of the drugs industry. It is a serious, dense investigation into all aspects of the ways this industry interacts with the NHS on many levels. It is an indictment of its relationships with health professionals, particularly GPs, academics, professional publications and academic institutions as well as the international medicine regulation agencies.

No punches are pulled and if Ben is not sued by almost every drug company in the next few months one can only conclude that everything in this book is true. That being the case then he is shining a light on a truly terrifying situation.

Every MP with an interest in health issues, every aspiring medic and all GPs should treat this book as compulsory, required reading. As far as patients are concerned it will almost certainly make you think differently when you accept a prescription at your next surgery visit. Its a must for all health campaigners.

It might not be as humorous as Bad Science but it really is a page turner.
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This Book is hard going at times but worth persevering with.

Next time you get a prescription from the Doctor check to see which company made your medicine and then check to see if they were one of the companies hiding trial data.

If they were you might want to discuss with your Doctor whether he is absolutely sure your medicine is safe!
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Big pharma uses our health system and GPs to pimp dangerous 'meds' with falsified test results by 'experts' paid by them. The worst is Roche. They injure and destroy lives, in the interest of profit, bonus, growth.
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Read this and weep. The trick, machinations, obfuscations and downright lies are exposed. Author has a hand in the non-profit Cochrane Collaboration which gives an unbiased view of published and some unpublished drug trials.
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A must read for anyone who takes regular medicines might need to in the future. An insight into the fundamental corruption of big business
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an excellent book - should be compulsory reading for all GPs, MPs and anyone involved in purchasing drugs for the NHS
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Brilliant book, well written and researched. My daughter read it for her school project, when a 16 year old finds a text like this engaging, you know it is worth reading.
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A must read for all those conspiracy theorists out there
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