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review 2015-06-16 00:00
Bad Pharma
Bad Pharma - Ben Goldacre 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 fees in discovering this MYSELF!

Interesting look at how drug companies present their goods and how the love of money is indeed the root of many evils.
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review 2014-05-20 00:00
Bad Science: Quacks, Hacks, and Big Pharma Flacks
Bad Science: Quacks, Hacks, and Big Pharma Flacks - Ben Goldacre Maybe you have to be british to enjoy this book.
The writer checks and debunks some very questionable products or services available on the UK market; however, not being from the UK, I don't really know what he's talking about, and I don't care to read the truth about products or services I have never heard of, like something called Detox or a program called Brain Gym.
Besides, it seems obvious enough that these products are nonsense, even without reading a full explanation.
Anyway, I'm glad there is someone willing to fight quacks and scammers.
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review 2013-10-28 00:00
Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients
Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients - Ben Goldacre 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 I thought. A logical extension of Goldacre's previous book, Bad Science, Bad Pharma details how missing and misleading data are harming policy, physicians, and patients every day. He also offers solid (if overly optimistic) possibilities for addressing the worst of the offenses at the end of each section of the book.

The material can seem a bit overwhelming if taken in all at once. But that's the nature of the beast with health care. One easy thing each of us can do is check whether our physicians have accepted any industry money by going to the Physician Payments Sunshine Act site once it's up and running (should be no later than Sept. 2014).

Goldacre has performed public service of the highest order with this book. Read it.

Edited to add: just for the hell of it, I just searched the clinical trials registry database (clinicaltrials.gov) for all completed Phase III intervention trials (these are the studies that can get drugs approved or rejected for marketing in the U.S.), and discovered that 60% of them have never been published. Your doctors, people writing treatment guidelines, insurance companies, and policy makers are missing more than half of the evidence needed to make good decisions. Get educated, everybody.
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review 2013-10-20 17:39
Bad Pharma Review
Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients - Ben Goldacre

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 industry.

The fact that it focused on actual systematic problems, and gave reasonable solutions for many of them was highly enjoyable to read, especially in contrast to the usual "oh the big bad wolf...aaa I mean pharmaceutical industry, is bad, because, well it's bad" rhetoric that makes my skin crawl.

 

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