Originally rejected by the London Review of Books, this post details why Ben Goldacre’s ‘Bad Pharma’ plays right into the hands of. ‘Bad Science’ hilariously exposed the tricks that quacks and journalists use to distort science, becoming a , copy bestseller. Now Ben Goldacre puts the . Bad Pharma (4th Estate, ) is my book about the misuse of evidence by the pharmaceutical industry, especially the way that negative trial data goes missing .

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I go in with my ailments and I lik Stop Press: However, they are not required to submit the results of ALL the trials they undertake. Depression-serotonin relationship has little support in academia.

This is the best chapter in the book and is forceful, well argued and backed by detailed examples. I had read vad of this book before the library wanted it back for another patron so consider this a full review even though it is marked “did-not-finish”. He points out the flaws in the current system and suggests some reasonable changes. Or if certain other nightmare events come to pass next year.

Regulators have a big duty to report side effects. Excellent book that people need to read.

Bad Pharma by Ben Goldacre – review

In their forty years of practice after leaving medical school, doctors hear about what works through ad hoc oral traditions, from sales reps, colleagues or journals. This shows that the problems described in this book are not one-off cases, exceptions to the norm, but rather the norm itself.


I can’t say that this is a very light-hearted set of books, but I think that they are absolutely worth reading. Ben Goldacre”Nature28 September Any related personal experiences? They wrote that the industry is one of the most heavily regulated in the world, and is committed to ensuring full transparency in the research and development of new medicines. Conflic of Interest should be declared. Mortality and morbidity in patients receiving encainide, flecainide, or placebo.

Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients by Ben Goldacre

One of the most important roles of gen regulator is the requirement to monitor its safety after approving it for sale. And I think there is the potential for the industry to do much better.

There have been instances of fraud, though he says these are rare. The effect of the book is seriously disturbing, making me realise how much money determines the medecines we are given rather than scientific proof, even when this is readily available. Conflict of interest category Conflicts of interest on Wikipedia category. Oct 06, Mohamed al-Jamri rated it liked it. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Again, Goldacre writes a goldacr of prescriptions for improvement.

Whatever our political leanings, everyone is basically a socialist when it comes to healthcare: I feel like Ben Goldacre has simply stumbled across a more specific problem in a larger mess our world faces today. Nexium is almost exactly the same as omeprazole, but it costs much more because the patent ran out on omeprazole. Or trials may not even answer golracre questions we might have: Drugs are tested by the people who manufacture them, in poorly designed trials, on hopelessly small numbers of weird, unrepresentative patients, and analysed using techniques which are flawed by design, in such a way that they exaggerate the benefits of treatments.


Bad Goldacge from B. An afterword sums up his detailed prescription. Because their methods are transparent, this mistake is picked up by a Japanese doctor. Because fraud is everywhere, and even in peer-reviewed science, and systematically reviewed science, it still happens. People are turned into patients.

Dec 18, Becky rated it really liked it Shelves: Br J Clin Pharmacol. Goldacre writes in a lively way and the book is entertaining if you can forget th Ben Goldacre analyses how drugs are tested and accepted for general use. goldacge

Charlie Cooper, “Drugs companies ‘routinely withhold results of medical trials’ from doctors, researchers and patients”The Independent3 January But it is by no means extraordinary. Some of the recommendations he has to improve regulation includes:.

Apparently the pharmaceutical companies spend most of their budget on advertising! It’s about facts, some of them quite complicated, particularly if you are unfamiliar with scientific methodolgy.

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