Ben Goldacre’s “Bad Pharma” to be released this week

Dr. Ben Goldacre has a new book out this week that promises to be a scathing and eyeopening view into Big Pharma. Here is an excerpt from today’s The Guardian.

The drugs don’t work: a modern medical scandal | Ben Goldacre | The Guardian.

Reboxetine is a drug I have prescribed. Other drugs had done nothing for my patient, so we wanted to try something new. I’d read the trial data before I wrote the prescription, and found only well-designed, fair tests, with overwhelmingly positive results. Reboxetine was better than a placebo, and as good as any other antidepressant in head-to-head comparisons. It’s approved for use by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (the MHRA), which governs all drugs in the UK. Millions of doses are prescribed every year, around the world. Reboxetine was clearly a safe and effective treatment. The patient and I discussed the evidence briefly, and agreed it was the right treatment to try next. I signed a prescription.

But we had both been misled. In October 2010, a group of researchers was finally able to bring together all the data that had ever been collected on reboxetine, both from trials that were published and from those that had never appeared in academic papers. When all this trial data was put together, it produced a shocking picture. Seven trials had been conducted comparing reboxetine against a placebo. Only one, conducted in 254 patients, had a neat, positive result, and that one was published in an academic journal, for doctors and researchers to read. But six more trials were conducted, in almost 10 times as many patients. All of them showed that reboxetine was no better than a dummy sugar pill. None of these trials was published. I had no idea they existed.

It got worse…

Source: The Guardian

If Bad Pharma:How drug companies mislead doctors and harm patients is anything like his Bad Science, Goldacre’s book will be a must read!

Bad Science is available as a U.S. edition and around the world. Get it!

Bad Pharma is out Tuesday in the U.K. And there is a Kindle edition as well. No word on a U.S. edition yet.

  3 comments for “Ben Goldacre’s “Bad Pharma” to be released this week

  1. September 23, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    With all this flim-flam being conducted by the medical “establishment”, is it any wonder that the public find it hard to know who to believe when it comnes to “alternative” medicine?

  2. Adam
    September 24, 2012 at 3:15 AM

    While this sort of exposure is good, I know for certain that snakeoil hucksters and shills are going to use it as justification for their own forms of quackery. i.e. big pharma has serious problems ergo take snakeoil. No the logic doesn’t work but it doesn’t have to for the sort of people who fall for snakeoil scams, eg MMS

  3. John Stewart
    September 29, 2012 at 8:12 AM

    Amazon.com (US) says Jan 8, 2013.

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