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Alok Jha, Science correspondent at the Guardian and BBC TV presenter, speaks with Campaigner, Writer, Dr Ben Goldacre about his investigation into the pharmaceutical industry and his book Bad Pharma.
Guardian Science Weekly
Alok Jha, Science correspondent at the Guardian and BBC TV presenter, speaks at length with Campaigner, Writer, Dr Ben Goldacre about his investigation into the pharmaceuticals industry and his book Bad Pharma.
On Tuesday 2 Oct 2012, Dr Ben Goldacre, Author, Doctor and Journalist, did an interview with Metro about his book Bad Pharma, why his is a big believer in ritual and why he goes to huge lengths to make sure what he says is correct.
Read Too many People die due to Distortions in medical Science
How the scientific method works, and what to look for when presented with so-called “evidence”
How do we know if a treatment works, or if something causes cancer? Can the claims of homeopaths ever be as true – or as interesting as the improbable research into the placebo effect? Who created the MMR hoax? Do journalists understand science? Why do we seek scientific explanations for social, personal and political problems? Are alternative therapists and the pharmaceutical companies really so different, or do they just use the same old tricks to sell different types of pill? We are obsessed with our health. And yet – from the media’s ‘world-expert microbiologist’ with a mail-order PhD in his garden shed laboratory, via multiple health scares and miracle cures, to the million pound trial that Durham Council now denies ever existed – we are constantly bombarded with inaccurate, contradictory and sometimes even misleading information. Until now. Ben Goldacre masterfully dismantles the dodgy science behind some of the great drug trials, court cases and missed opportunities of our time, but he also goes further: out of the bulls—, he shows us the fascinating story of how we know what we know, and gives us the tools to uncover bad science for ourselves.
Ben Goldacre is Britain’s finest writer on the science behind medicine, and Bad Science is the UK Sunday Times top ten bestseller
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How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients
Last February 18th, 2013, at Town Hall Seattle, Dr. Ben Goldacre talked about his book, Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients, in which he discusses the influence of the pharmaceutical industry on the global healthcare system and argues that pharmaceutical companies hide negative studies and use questionable testing and intensive lobbying to get what they want, regardless of whether the drugs they produce are good for patients. Watch the video (1 hour, 26 minutes) .
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How Drug Companies mislead Doctors and harm Patients
When a new drug gets tested, the results of the trials should be published for the rest of the medical world — except much of the time, negative or inconclusive findings go unreported, leaving doctors and researchers in the dark. In this impassioned talk, Ben Goldacre explains why these unreported instances of negative data are especially misleading and dangerous.
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Pharma Times Online, 2013
The video, shot during the debate at the Royal Institution last month, shows the author of Bad Science and Bad Pharma debate the notion ‘Pharma is not getting its act together’ with the chief executive of the ABPI.
Ben Goldacre puts the $600bn global pharmaceutical industry under the microscope
From amazon.co.uk : ” 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. ”
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Health Care’s Trick Coin
“ This month, Johnson & Johnson is facing more than 10,000 lawsuits over an artificial hip that has been recalled because of a 40 percent failure rate within five years. Mistakes happen in medicine, but internal documents showed that executives had known of flaws with the device for some time, but had failed to make them public “
mmm… sounds familiar Eli Lilly !
Read Health Care’s Trick Coin by Ben Goldacre, a doctor, author of “Bad Pharma”. It’s Time for Actions: did you SIGN THE PETITION ?