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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Retrieved from ” https: One of the interesting projects that Goldacre describes is his work in promoting real-world evaluations of effectiveness, which have the potential to tell us which drug works best in a representative population. Published February 5th by Farrar, Straus and Giroux first published Studies may be too short surrogate markers again or they compare a drug to something inappropriate placebo, perhaps, instead of the current best treatment.

The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry ABPI replied in the New Statesman that Goldacre was “stuck in a bygone era where pharmaceutical companies wine and dine doctors in exchange for signing on the dotted line”.

Where does it come from? Annoyingly though the title goldacrd the spine is upside down, in the French manner. There is ample evidence that the evidence base we are currently using in medicine is distorted exactly as Goldacre describes. He particularly objected to the line, “medicine is broken”, calling it a “foolish remark”. At first sight this might be seen as another piece of new-age anti-pharma ranting: Andrew Jack wrote pahrma the Financial Times that Goldacre is “at his best in methodically dissecting poor clinical trials.


Goldacre cites the example of the antidepressant reboxetine, on which only one trial was published, out of seven in which it was tested against placebo.

It will, of course, be in electronic format, but even so the task of editing out confidential patient data, collating and analysing it for only one drug will be substantial, and for the backlog of a thousand or so in the British National Formulary, which need to be reviewed, massive and very costly. Rosey Glitazone for DM causing increased risk of heart problems. Before long, however, John Buse, a doctor from the University of North Carolina became concerned that instead of reducing heart problems, the drug was actually increasing them.

Goldacre’s previous book Bad Science is an easier read, since exposing charlatans can, at times, be played for laughs.

Bad Pharma by Ben Goldacre – review | Books | The Guardian

There are always charlatans and opportunists when money is involved. Neither seems to have been determined. Leads to waste of money time gkldacre instead of developing new good drugs.

Later, GSK added up results from many trials and found Buse go,dacre right. Their income from advertisement is mainly from pharmaceutical companies. I have nen few suggestions for useless people who could go on the list.

Journals are not to blame. Selective use of trials. Its excessive length and repetitiveness simply dilute the message. He argued that Goldacre had gone “over the top” in devoting a whole chapter chapter five to recommending large clinical trials using electronic patient data from general practitioners, without fully pointing out how problematic these can be; such trials raise issues, for example, about informed consent and regulatory oversight.

At the BMJ we are revising our declarations of interest form to say we will seek to work with doctors who have not received financial hand-outs from drug companies funding for research is different. A later mention of drug development costs is also abbreviated, which again minimizes the financial pharrma of development.


Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients

Only few countries allow this. As bad as drug companies can be, they still do more good than harm.

Many parts contain Bombardment of information, even for me. To Goldacre, an author, journalist and physician, this cause is personal.

Bad Pharma – Wikipedia

Rosiglitazone was lauded for reducing blood sugar levels in people with diabetes and so for reducing heart attacks. I appreciate how Ben Goldacre is trying to open the eyes of the people to many of the issues relating to science reporting.

I’m still waiting on those Death Panels though.

Cheaper by the Dozen. And so are the patient groups. However, it must be remembered that the full patient data for even a modest trial run to thousands of printed pages. The later chapters felt like he was just labouring the point and I found my attention starting to wane.

And much of what is done in the name of research is in fact undertaken for marketing purposes, though disguised as science. Most doctors work for the state, so I don’t understand this dichtomy. All distortions can be corrected by check systematic reviews, but missing data cannot; it poisons the well for everyone, rich and poor.