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

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Since this book's publication GSK has already announced it will make all its trial data available. Perhaps Goldacre's medicine is already working.
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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.

 

About Ben Goldacre

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Ben Goldacre is a doctor and science writer who has written the "Bad Science" column in the Guardian since 2003. He lives in London. Jonathan Cowley is a British actor hailing from Eastbourne, East Sussex, but he currently calls Los Angeles home. He received AudioFile Earphones Awards for his narration of The Science of Evil by Simon Baron-Cohen and The Tower, the Zoo and the Tortoise by Julia Stuart. He has narrated many audiobooks and can also be heard on both sides of the Atlantic narrating film trailers and documentaries.
 
Published February 5, 2013 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 479 pages
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NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by Jascha Hoffman on Feb 04 2013

Although his tone can be strident, his arguments are grounded in the data.

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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Luisa Dillner on Oct 17 2012

Since this book's publication GSK has already announced it will make all its trial data available. Perhaps Goldacre's medicine is already working.

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Globe and Mail

Good
Reviewed by Alan Cassels on Feb 22 2013

When you see how clever they’ve been, so well documented in Bad Pharma, how slick, how focused, how Machiavellian those minds are, you can only sit back and say, Ooooh, they’re good. They’re damned good. Just not so good for the rest of us.

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