Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients (Paperback)
  • Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients (Paperback)

Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients (Paperback)

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'Bad Science' hilariously exposed the tricks that quacks and journalists use to distort science, becoming a 400,000 copy bestseller. Now Ben Goldacre puts the $600bn global pharmaceutical industry under the microscope. What he reveals is a fascinating, terrifying mess. Doctors and patients need good scientific evidence to make informed decisions. But instead, companies run bad trials on their own drugs, which distort and exaggerate the benefits by design. When these trials produce unflattering results, the data is simply buried. All of this is perfectly legal. In fact, even government regulators withhold vitally important data from the people who need it most. Doctors and patient groups have stood by too, and failed to protect us. Instead, they take money and favours, in a world so fractured that medics and nurses are now educated by the drugs industry. Patients are harmed in huge numbers. Ben Goldacre is Britain's finest writer on the science behind medicine, and 'Bad Pharma' is a clear and witty attack, showing exactly how the science has been distorted, how our systems have been broken, and how easy it would be to fix them.

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780007350742
Weight: 470 g
Dimensions: 216 x 135 x 34 mm

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Fascinating read and also rather scary. Accessible to someone with no medical background, Goldacre clearly and passionately explains how a drug comes to market and topics such as withheld data and biased trials and... More

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“What you never know probably will hurt you…”

The failings of the pharmaceutical industry have been well publicised, rendering drug manufacturing CEOs only marginally more popular than their counterparts in the energy industry. Nevertheless Goldacre continues to... More

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“bad pharma”

Frightening and essential reading for any health professional. Shows how our current assumption, that we practice evidence based medicine, is harmfully corroded by skewing of the data by big pharma. Who'd have... More

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