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Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime: How Big Pharma Has Corrupted Healthcare by [Gotzsche, Peter]
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'It s time for more insiders like Gøtzsche to break this conspiracy of silence by standing up for the fact that this is not now, and never has been, okay.' --Lynne McTaggart, What Doctors Don't Tell You<br ><br >'Gøtzsche calls for radical changes to demedicalise society, rein in an industry that's hellbent on profit, make clinical trials transparent and independent, have regulators focus on drug safety, and much more. The lies and fraud must be stopped!' --Nexus: New Times<br ><br >"THIS ENLIGHTENING, ALARMING and depressing book deserves a wide readership among doctors but also among politicians, health administrators, and drug and medical device regulators" --Kerry J Breen, Adjunct Professor - Department of Forensic Medicine, Monash University

"THIS ENLIGHTENING, ALARMING and depressing book deserves a wide readership among doctors but also among politicians, health administrators, and drug and medical device regulators" --Kerry J Breen, Adjunct Professor - Department of Forensic Medicine, Monash University

"THIS ENLIGHTENING, ALARMING and depressing book deserves a wide readership among doctors but also among politicians, health administrators, and drug and medical device regulators" --Kerry J Breen, Adjunct Professor - Department of Forensic Medicine, Monash University

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Peter C Gøtzsche, Professor of Clinical Research Design and Analysis, and Director, The Nordic Cochrane Centre, and Chief Physician, Rigshospitalet and the University of Copenhagen, Denmark

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  • Publisher: CRC Press; 1 edition (28 Aug. 2013)
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  • Language: English
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Peter Gøtzsche is in angry man. When you read his book it becomes clear why. In the book he documents with many examples the unhealthy relationship between the major pharmaceutical corporations on one side, and FDA and EMA, the universities and the medical doctors on the other side. It is an incestuous and downright corrupt relationship.

The author lives what he preaches, as he is a member of the Danish group Doctors without Sponsors, and he is clearly very knowledgeable and experienced. He has managed to produce a page turner here, and he doesn't pull his punches when he gives examples with names of doctors that have "prostituted" themselves and have become paid shrills for the industry, a fact they try to hide.

Reading the book you learn about the great crime Merck committed doctoring the data on Vioxx, which in the book is estimated to have cost 130,000 lives. You learn how the DSM manual is really a way of introducing new diagnoses that can then be monetized. An example is given of grief, where for DSM III the "acceptable" period for grief was one year before it was considered a clinical depression. In DSM IV this changed to two months, and in DSM V this became two weeks. You learn about how wholly unreliable and unscientific psychiatry is, and how dangerous happy pills really are, causing more harm than good. Actually, I started reading this book because of an article Peter Gøtzsche had in the Danish newspaper Politiken where he strongly recommended banning Psychopharma to kids, and generally criticized the extreme over use of Psychopharma. That got me interested and made me purchase and read the book.

Throughout the book it is clear that the author knows his area extremely well.
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This is no cheap, sensationalist expose, written by a jobbing journalist on the make – this well-researched and detailed book comes right from the heart of the medical establishment. And this inherent authenticity is what makes the content so frightening. Not only is he medically qualified, but as a co-founder of the Cochrane Collaboration, Peter Gotzsche knows his subject, and is clearly not a man to stand for any concealment or lies.

His book presents itself as the result of a wide-ranging and thorough investigation into the corruption, deception, and dirty dealing which is endemic to Big Pharma and those elements of the medical industry which have hitched themselves to Pharma’s wagon. This is solidly based upon first-hand experience of attempting to obtain trial data and other information from companies which place their shareholders well above any possible consideration for patients who consume their medicines. He shows how Big Pharma operates in the same way as the tobacco industry – maximising turnover, minimising risk, buying politicians, and ignoring anyone who is harmed by their products.

He also demonstrates how this horror has pervasively leached down into doctor’s surgeries, hospital consulting rooms and patient organisations. The drug regulators do no such thing; the medical journals have been suborned; and thousands of doctors have been bought with ‘thirty pieces of silver’. Leading doctors are paid to present drug marketing as ‘education’, and put their names to drug trials which are actually produced by ‘ghostwriters’, on the payroll of drug companies. And drug trials which have negative results are buried.
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Have recommended it to friends and colleagues interested in health economics.
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Peter bursts asunder the widely held public views of Drugs in Healthcare as being the saviour of mankind, when in fact if we simply think about it it's obviously a delusion. Since the advent of 'Big Pharma', healthcare costs in all civilised countries has spiralled out of control at the same time as outcomes have become worse to the extent that drug related mortality is now the third highest cause of death below only that of cancer and heart disease.

Even before I had chance to read this book it was obvious that Pharma wanted to rubbish it, with a contribution from someone with obvious bias who worked in the Industry, but this tactic is also detailed by Peter, as one of the many ways that the market is manipulated. It is both almost unbelievable but nonetheless true that crimes are committed but no-one does any 'time', and that diseases are 'invented', purely to sell a relatively worthless treatment for them, that relies on data that is at best suspect and at worst often fabricated or 'cherry picked' from the few trials that were significant with the rest being witheld.

In a well researched and documented treatise, Peter systematically takes apart most of the myths about drug invention and so called 'evidence based medicine' and shows it for what it's worth, a travesty of the truth. He also reveals to those of us who are 'sleepwalking' through a landscape of faux sickness that we would generally be better off and live longer if, when we are offered interventions for illnesses we don't really have, by our concerned GP's (for their wallets), we should perhaps learn to 'just say no'.
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