- 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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Bad Pharma: How Medicine is Broken, and How We Can Fix It Paperback – 29 Aug 2013
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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 ...See all Product description
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really interesting. As a pharmacist, I really enjoyed seeing this alternative take on medicine. While I don't agree with a lot of it, it is written well.Published 22 days ago by Neera
Histrionic take on the evils of Pharma. Interesting though and made me reflect on the value, hegemony and meaning of evidence based medicine. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michael Bone
Interesting read with insight into the pharmaceutical industry. A little drawn out in places but still a eye opener.Published 1 month ago by Co Co
Great read but please remember that it only shows one side of the coinPublished 3 months ago by frances Hudson
The content of this book is really interesting, and is something that everybody needs to know about. However, I found the style quite hard-going. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Tescodirect
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