Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients

Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients


By (author) Ben Goldacre

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  • Publisher: FABER & FABER
  • Format: Paperback | 456 pages
  • Dimensions: 142mm x 208mm x 38mm | 363g
  • Publication date: 1 April 2014
  • ISBN 10: 0865478066
  • ISBN 13: 9780865478060
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 64,824

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"Smart, funny, clear, unflinching: Ben Goldacre is my hero." --Mary Roach, author of "Stiff," "Spook," and "Bonk "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 these drugs, 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 are too complex to capture in a sound bite. 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 in need of regulation. This is the pharmaceutical industry as it has never been seen before.

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Author information

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

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Praise for "Bad Pharma" - "Goldacre uncovers a cesspool of corrupt practices designed to sell useless or dangerous drugs to an unsuspecting public. . . . A smart, infuriating diagnosis of the rotten heart of the medical-industrial complex." -" Publishers Weekly" - "A scathing critique of the modus operandi of drug research. . . . "Bad Pharma" could very well be the book that initiates a game-changing global rethink of what we expect from medicine." - "Globe and Mail"