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Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime: How Big Pharma Has Corrupted Healthcare 1st Edition
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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.Read more ›
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!
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
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
In depth and extremely well researched. People need to know the truth about big Pharma.Published 27 days ago by Joe
As a doctor myself i recognise a lot of what Peter Godzsche is writing and i just know it is true. It is amazing how rotten a system can be and how difficult it is to see this and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by hans erdbrink
Great read, I highly recommend this book to be able to make informed decisions when it come to taking pharmaceuticals. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sheldon O. Johnson
The military industrial complex has nothing on the corruption and manipulation of our pharmaceutical industry.Published 2 months ago by Ted Ryersbach
This book puts all the dirty details in one place:
Ever noticed the large fines being paid by drug companies? Read more
I read Marcia Angell ,M.D.'s The Truth About The Drug Companies years ago and found this book to be equally as interesting. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dr. V
Gøtzsche is not using "organised crime" as a metaphor or allegory. He means what the title states literally: the pharmaceutical industry *is* organized crime. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mira de Vries
I DO NOT believe in Big Pharma & their poisons. Stay away from prescription drugs!Published 4 months ago by Judith L. Griffin