Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients
“Smart, funny, clear, unflinching: Ben Goldacre is my hero.” —Mary Roach, author of Stiff, Spook, and Bonk Medicine is broken. We like to imagine that it’s based on evidence and the results of fair tests. In reality, those tests are often profoundly flawed. We like to imagine that doctors are... show more
“Smart, funny, clear, unflinching: Ben Goldacre is my hero.” —Mary Roach, author of Stiff, Spook, and Bonk Medicine is broken. We like to imagine that it’s based on evidence and the results of fair tests. In reality, those tests are often profoundly flawed. We like to imagine that doctors are familiar with the research literature surrounding a drug, when in reality much of the research is hidden from them by drug companies. We like to imagine that doctors are impartially educated, when in reality much of their education is funded by industry. We like to imagine that regulators let only effective drugs onto the market, when in reality they approve hopeless drugs, with data on side effects casually withheld from doctors and patients. All these problems have been protected from public scrutiny because they’re too complex to capture in a sound bite. But Dr. Ben Goldacre shows that the true scale of this murderous disaster fully reveals itself only when the details are untangled. He believes we should all be able to understand precisely how data manipulation works and how research misconduct on a global scale affects us. In his own words, “the tricks and distortions documented in these pages are beautiful, intricate, and fascinating in their details.” With Goldacre’s characteristic flair and a forensic attention to detail, Bad Pharma reveals a shockingly broken system and calls for something to be done. This is the pharmaceutical industry as it has never been seen before.
Publish date: February 5th 2013
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Pages no: 448
Edition language: English
We don't regulate our drugs and the drug companies enough and insist on ensuring that data about the edges of results, I begin to wonder if the drug companies had previous seen the side-effects I suffered with a blood pressure medication and if I could have avoided hundreds of euro in specialist fee...
This book should be required reading for all medical/nursing/therapy students, potential clinical researchers, prospective pharmaceutical company employees, and health journalists. I worked in medicine, allied health, and clinical research for more than 25 years, and the situation is even worse than...
One of the best books I've read this year. A lot of sometimes pretty dense information, but to me at least very useful, with a lot of insight and new information. The most I've got out of this book was an insight into the internal workings of medical academia as well as the pharmaceutical indust...
Excellent. All the shady dealings of the pharma industry laid bare. You'll never take medicine the same way again.
Bad Pharma is actually a fairly scary book to pick up when you’ve just collected a prescription from the chemist but I’d heard a lot about Bad Science (which I’ve since read) and thought Bad Pharma would be incredibly interesting. I certainly wasn’t wrong.This is pretty much a damaging expose of the...