Bad Pharma

Bad Pharma

By Ben Goldacre

  • Release Date: 2013-02-05
  • Genre: Science & Nature
Score: 3
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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.

Reviews

  • Bad Pharma

    4
    By bg4edf
    Excellent. The book is a well researched and clearly explained critique of how drugs are developed, tested and marketed, and how the commercial interests of pharmaceutical companies are not always aligned with the well-being of patients. An absorbing read.
  • Bad Paarm

    1
    By bluesman 007
    Bad Pharma unfortunately is more closely aligned with " bad book" than a true objective appraisal of the drug industry. Relying on anecdotal sound bites and leftist popularism - it weaves a sophomoric web of alarmism and misstatement that is both boring and sloppy reportage.

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