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Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime: How Big Pharma Has Corrupted Healthcare 1st Edition

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Professor Peter C Gotzsche graduated as a Master of Science in biology and chemistry in 1974 and as a physician in 1984. He is a specialist in internal medicine; he worked with clinical trials and regulatory affairs in the drug industry 1975-83, and at hospitals in Copenhagen 1984-95. He co- founded The Cochrane Collaboration in 1993 and established The Nordic Cochrane Centre the same year. He became professor of Clinical Research Design and Analysis in 2010 at the University of Copenhagen. Peter Gotzsche has published more than 50 papers in 'the big fi ve' (BMJ, Lancet, JAMA, Annals of Internal Medicine and New England Journal of Medicine) and his scientifi c works have been cited over 10 000 times. Peter Gotzsche has an interest in statistics and research methodology. He is a member of several groups publishing guidelines for good reporting of research and has co- authored CONSORT for randomised trials (www.consort- statement. org), STROBE for observational studies (www.strobe- statement.org), PRISMA for systematic reviews and meta- analyses (www.prisma- statement.org), and SPIRIT for trial protocols (www.spirit- statement.org). Peter Gotzsche is an editor in the Cochrane Methodology Review Group.
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  • Paperback: 322 pages
  • Publisher: CRC Press; 1 edition (August 28, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846198844
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846198847
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
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By Mauricio J. Solorzano on October 23, 2013
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One of the biggest canaries at the moment is Peter Gøtzsche, none other than the head of the Nordic Cochrane Centre, the Scandanavian arm of the Cochrane Collaboration, an independent research and information centre committed to preparing, maintaining, and disseminating reviews of the various treatments of mainstream medicine and examining whether they have adequate evidence of safety and effectiveness. Cochrane was the first group of individuals to champion the notion of`evidence-based' medicine - that is, medicine shouldn't be used unless there's evidence that the stuff works.

Gøtzsche is a guy after my own heart. When asked to speak at a Danish Society for Rheumatology event, called `Collaboration with the drug industry. Is it THAT harmful?' Peter's opening gambit was to highlight the fact that Pfizer, one of the meeting's sponsors, had been fined $2.3 billion in the US for promoting off-label use of four drugs, while Merck, the sponsor the year before, had been responsible for the deaths of thousands due to deceptive information about its arthritis drug.

Gøtzsche's latest book, entitled Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime: How Big Pharma has Corrupted Healthcare' (Radcliffe Publishing Ltd) pulls even fewer punches. The book essentially makes the point that the drugs industry uses virtually every tactic used by the mob to sell its products.

He even quotes a former vice-president of Pfizer as saying, `It is scary how many similarities there are between his industry and the mob. The mob makes obscene amounts of money, as does this industry. The side effects of organized crime are killings and deaths, and the sides effects are the same in this industry. The mob bribes politicians and others, and so does the drug industry.
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Professor Gotzche tells the story about Big Pharma with numerous examples from his vast experience in Clinical Pharmacology and in scrutinizing scientific papers. It is a must-read for medical students, doctor's and it should be consulted whenever your doctor suggest you a pill rather than lifestyle changes.
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Having all the misdeeds compiled here, with a sense of the dramatic worsening of the situation over time, is discouraging and yet so important to understand. Extremely well documented with appropriate footnotes and references. The title is certainly inflammatory (comparing pharmaceutical industry to the mob) and is really only briefly dealt with to justify the eye catching title.
All the hiding of research data, obscuring of facts, payments to and intimidation of FDA officials and others around the world, industry ghost writers of articles in major medical journals...But, hey, it's about making money for stock holders, right? So, it's all good!
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This book is a meticulously researched, hard-hitting indictment of Big Pharma. Dr. Gotzsche exposes the sordid underbelly of current clinical research, which is then used to justify treating millions of people with drugs of little to no benefit but manifest harms. With the recent finding by the US government that Pfizer is officially guilty of violating the RICO (racketerring influenced corrupt organization) Act, the author's conflation of Big Pharma and organized crime is affirmed and vindicated.

My only disappointment was that there was little on the corruption of professional medical associations like the American Heart Association, etc. by Big Pharma.

I recommend this book without reservation.
Barbara H. Roberts, MD
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Polemical but powerful expose of the widespread corruption of big Pharma and their unholy influence on medicine and healthcare. You will not see prescription medicines in quite the same way after reading this. Would have wished for a more scientific and less angry/polemical treatment. The data and the facts themselves will make people angry, and less of that from the author might have made for a better sense of an objective treatment.

As a clinician in the healthcare system for 35+ years, I have to validate the author's sense that healthcare, and indeed virtually every aspect of medicine, has been subjected to and distorted by the commercial agendas and almost unlimited greed of big Pharma. In particular, the abuses of the scientific method in relationship to psychotropic medicines are legion, a place where side effects are concealed and minimized (including very serious ones from neuroleptics) while benefits are blown up and exaggerated. You should read this to get the other side of the advertizing you have absorbed about any drug that you might be taking.

It offers a powerful argument that the current system is completely broken, and must be overhauled.
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After 45 yrs as a doctor I feel cheated.The experts evaluating the drugs are cheating us bribed by Big bad Pharma.Thanks P Goetzsche for opening my eyes.
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Frightening, disturbing, and changed my opinion of pharmaceutical companies forever! This book should be required of all health care providers prescribing medications.
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Required reading for informed consent. Informed consent is the antidote to the disease euphemistically referred to as the the status quo.
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