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Bad Pharma: How drug companies mislead doctors and harm patients (edition 2012)

by Ben Goldacre

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Title:Bad Pharma: How drug companies mislead doctors and harm patients
Authors:Ben Goldacre
Info:Fourth Estate (2012), Paperback, 448 pages
Collections:Read 2012
Rating:****1/2
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Everyone should read this book. Boldacre shows how trials for drugs and their perceived usefulness can be manipulated - unpublished data and outright data suppression, trials stopped early, trials extended, ghost written journal articles, etc. How doctors are influenced by the drug industry, beginning in medical school and continuing throughout their practice.

Goldacre is himself a practicing physician and this book stems in part from his outrage at having prescribed medications when he thought were safe and effective after reviewing the available published data, only to find that in some cases the drugs were not only ineffective, but worse that nothing. ( )
  bke | Mar 30, 2014 |
I will hopefully be able to come back to this sometime. Good information - compelling topic and writing. Just a little too much for summer schedule.
  dms02 | Feb 27, 2014 |
I already knew that the pharmaceutical system was greatly flawed, but Goldacre puts a useful focus to the issues.
Enjoyed his Britishisms. ( )
  2wonderY | Dec 5, 2013 |
Rather alarmist language and unbalanced. Nevertheless an important topic but would benefit from a more even-handed approach. ( )
  Bruexpat | Dec 1, 2013 |
A very thorough but depressing look at the state of modern medicine and the pharmaceutical industry. More technical than his previous book Bad Science, Ben Goldacre makes a difficult subject accessible to a general audience. Looking at issues from drug licensing, to research into existing treatments, to publication bias and drugs marketing. This truly is a global business and as such we get examples from around the world, focussing specifically on the UK and USA. There are suggestions for improvements and issues to campaign on in all areas. Looses one star for being a little bit repetitive. ( )
  eclecticdodo | Sep 16, 2013 |
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Goldacre is not a conspiracy minded nutcase who sees bad guys behind every garbage can. No, he sees a system that has, despite some really perverse incentives, produced some blindingly good products. But those incentives also allow life-threateningly poor decisions to be rewarded, and that needs to change.

Goldacre's encouraging outlook is why each chapter ends with a list of what you, personally, can do to help. Questions you can ask your doctor if you are a patient. Things you can do as a doctor. What academics can do, what pharmaceutical companies can do.

Read this book. It will make you mad, it will make you scared. And, hopefully, it will bring about some change.
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Goldacre puts the 600-billion-dollar global pharmaceutical industry under the microscope. What he reveals is a fascinating, terrifying mess.

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