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Selling Sickness: How the World's Biggest Pharmaceutical Companies Are Turning Us All Into Patients 1st Edition
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About the Author
Alan Cassels is a Canadian researcher and writer who works on drug policy issues.
- Item Weight : 9.8 ounces
- Paperback : 272 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781560258568
- ISBN-13 : 978-1560258568
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.69 x 8.25 inches
- Publisher : Bold Type Books; 1st edition (June 23, 2006)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : 156025856X
- Best Sellers Rank: #594,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Eye opening book, especially if you take the medicine(s) he's talking about.
How does that happen? Doctors, medical schools, clinical journals and even the FDA employees are all dependent on pharmaceutical company dollars and that leads to journal articles that are "ghost-written" by pharma employees, sent to physicians who "assume" that they are true and disseminated by pharma reps whose considerable income and continued employment depend on convincing doctors to write more of their product. What about Congress? Also on the payroll.
I spent 37 years in pharmaceuticals. I'm not proud of everything I did before I realized that we were being fed a bunch of crap by our management and executive teams, but I wish I had written this book. A little dated (2005) but still valid and well written.
The manager who hired me with Pfizer in 1974 gave me a final piece of advice before sending me out to sell - "always remember, drugs are made to be sold, not taken." A very wise man.
Spend the money, read the book and next time you go to your doctor you'll be better armed to ask questions, evaluate his advice and discover whether he/she's the doctor you want to trust your life to.
I hope that Moynihan and Cassels are working on an update with information on the other drugs that have come out since the original publication. I'll buy it.
This book has a lot to say that is crucial to the consumer, and those who will 'become' consumers, and therefore PATIENTS.
Big Pharma: It's a big busine$$, very unconcerned with our GOOD HEALTH.
*That's why I bought this very informative book.
And besides with the drugs faster being allowed in USA than in Europe, we at cases with drugs turning out resulting in bad side problems, and even persons dying, it now for FDA have rotated 180 degrees, so that in Europe fast being removed from the marked, while by FDA even taken up to 1 ½ year before banned in USA.
So again it looks like too close a connection between FDA and the medical firms. But strangely it also shows up that nearly all of the “experts” who to FDA greenlight the drugs actually nearly all of them also are working for, paid by, the firms; which strangely they often try to deny.
And in cases we see how the firms for selling more drugs, then by rotating the research results get them to look much better, for example, when advertising that a drug reduces the risk of hip fracture by 50%. But actually by the research the firm only used women at high risk, and of these 100 were on the drug while 100 on placebo, and during the period 1 in the drug group had a hip fracture while 2 in the placebo group. So 1% in the drug group and 2% in the placebo group hit by the sickness. But of cause 1 to 2 = 50%, so of cause telling only 50% so big chance when using the drug, and strangely forgetting to tell research only was made on high risk women.
To me the book is missing in some of the chapters to tell which natural vitamins, minerals, or herbs, the patient could use instead of the actual drugs, and thereby in many cases getting much better results, and nearly without any side problems. As in the case concerning risk of hip fracture, where we more and more realize the missing of calcium, magnesium, sunshine (vitamin D2), and vitamin K2, causes the problem.
As the book is printed in 2005, we concerning some of the cases since then, in the news, have read about much more problems. Or concerning the cholesterol we now know that we nearly have none connections between cholesterol and heart attack. But even the book is printed 11 years ago, it still is good by warning us about not blindly to trust FDA or the drug producers.