Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients

Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients

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By (author) Ben Goldacre

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  • Publisher: FABER & FABER
  • Format: Hardback | 426 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 211mm x 41mm | 612g
  • Publication date: 5 February 2013
  • ISBN 10: 0865478007
  • ISBN 13: 9780865478008
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 161,782

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We like to imagine that medicine is based on evidence and the results of fair testing and clinical trials. In reality, those tests and trials are often profoundly flawed. We like to imagine that doctors who write prescriptions for everything from antidepressants to cancer drugs to heart medication are familiar with the research literature about 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 the pharmaceutical industry. We like to imagine that regulators have some code of ethics and let only effective drugs onto the market, when in reality they approve useless drugs, with data on side effects casually withheld from doctors and patients. All these problems have been shielded from public scrutiny because they're too complex to capture in a sound bite. But 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 in the medical industry affects us on a global scale. With Goldacre's characteristic flair and a forensic attention to detail, "Bad Pharma "reveals a shockingly broken system and calls for regulation. This is the pharmaceutical industry as it has never been seen before.

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Ben Goldacre is a doctor and writer. His first book "Bad Science" was an international bestseller, and has been translated into twenty-five languages. He is thirty-eight and lives in London.

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Praise for "Bad Pharma""["Bad Pharma"] is a book to make you enraged--properly, bone-shakingly furious--because it's about how big business puts profits over patient welfare [and] allows people to die because they don't want to disclose damning research evidence . . .This is a book that desperately needed to be written . . . A work of brilliance." --Max Pemberton, "The Telegraph ""A thorough piece of investigative medical journalism. 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." --Luisa Dillner, "The Guardian"Praise for "Bad Science ""Smart, funny, clear, unflinching: Ben Goldacre is my hero." --Mary Roach, author of Stiff, Spook, and Bonk "Ben Goldacre is exasperated . . . He is irked, vexed, bugged, ticked off at sometimes inadvertent (because of stupidity) but more often deliberate deceptions perpetrated in the name of science . . . You'll get a good grounding in the importance of evidence-based medicine . . . 'Studies show' is not good enough, he writes: 'The plural of "anecdote" is not data.'" --Katherine Bouton, "The New York Times ""One of the best books I've ever read. It completely changed the way I saw the world. And I actually mean it." --Tim Harford, author of "The Undercover Economist " "Ben Goldacre lucidly, and irreverently, debunks a frightening amount of pseudoscience, from cosmetics to dietary supplements to alternative medicine. If you want to read one book to become a better-informed consumer and citizen, read "Bad Science."" --Sandeep Jauhar, author of "Intern ""This is a much-needed book. Ben Goldacre shows us--with hysterical wit--how to separate the scam artists from real science. In a world of misinformation, this is a rare gem." --Timothy Ferriss, author of "The 4-Hour Workweek ""Ben Goldacre uses a brilliant mix of scienc