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Quotes on Bad Pharma

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing--Edmund Burke

“The pharmaceutical industry is the most lucrative, the most cynical and the least ethical of all the industries," Dr. Philippe Even tells The Guardian. "It is like an octopus with tentacles that has infiltrated all the decision-making bodies:  world health organizations, government agencies, parliaments, high administrations in health and hospitals and the medical profession." Author of "The Guide to the 4,000 Useful, Useless or Dangerous Medicines" 4   Guide des 4000 Médicaments Utiles Inutiles ou Dangereux au Service des Malades et de Praticiens (Sept 2012). Dr. Bernard Debre IS director of the prestigious Necker Institute & Dr. Philippe Even IS member of the French Parliament.

Philippe Even, director of the prestigious Necker Institute, suggest that stopping use of the drugs could prevent up to 20,000 deaths and reduce hospital admissions by up to 100,000 in France.  In their [French] book, "The Guide to the 4,000 Useful, Useless or Dangerous Medicines" they evaluated the costs, effectiveness and risks of the drugs available in France, some of which they say "are completely useless." They are particularly harsh about lipid-regulating statins and have singled out 58 drugs, that are used for a wide range of conditions, like diabetes and osteoporosis, which they claim are outright dangerous.

Harvard Prof. Dr. Marcia Angell:  We certainly are in a health care crisis, ... If we had set out to design the worst system that we could imagine, we couldn't have imagined one as bad as we have.”  Author of the Truth About Drug Companies, and former Editor in Chief of NEMJ.   Des Spence, Md. Author of Bad Medicine, BMJ article wrote:  The drug industry’s business plan for diabetes follows a familiar pattern: “Conduct  questionable research and control the original data, then schmooze health regulators and patient groups to established more inclusive drug-treatment protocols that is supported by the questionable science.  Recruit tame diabetolgists, message them with cash, and get them to present at marketing events masquerade as postgraduate education.  Pay doctors to switch to newer drugs in dubious international post-marketing trials.  Seek endorsement from National Institute for Health Care Excellence [UK] to bully [with guideline] doctors to treat diabetes aggressively with drugs.”


“Drug companies have turned into marketing machines. They’ve kind of lost sight of the fact that they’re actually doing something which involves your health,” Marciniak says. “You’ve got to take away the key components of the trials from drug companies.”  Thomas Marciniak MD FDA Administrator

Health care is directed towards maximizing income, not maximizing health—Marcia Angel, in Congressional testimony, 2009. 

Money Talks 49 minutes, 5.300 views documentary in form like 60 Minutes, on bad pharma, entertaining, very convincing           6 minute excerpts

The information architecture of medicine Ben Goldacre 15 minutes, 7,000 views, both are on missing data and how it prevents informed decision, by Dr. Ben Goldacre Prof, London University School of Medicine, What doctors don’t know missing data 13 min, 297,000 views Effectively exposing a major problem

President’s Lecture Series 2009-2010  MD.  Marcia Angell PhD Harvard  78 minutes, , 4,194 views, based on her best-selling book, “The Truth About Drug Companies: and how they deceive us”   Her lecture is an example of clarity, organization, and logic used to arrive at a conclusion on a broad topic: bad pharma, an exceptional thorough treatment Highly recommended.

Drugs are tested by the people who manufacture them, in poorly designed trials, on hopelessly small numbers of weird, unrepresentative patients, and analysed using techniques which are flawed by design, in such a way that they exaggerate the benefits of treatments. Unsurprisingly, these trials tend to produce results that favour the manufacturer. When trials throw up results that companies don't like, they are perfectly entitled to hide them from doctors and patients, so we only ever see a distorted picture of any drug's true effects. Regulators see most of the trial data, but only from early on in a drug's life, and even then they don't give this data to doctors or patients, or even to other parts of government. This distorted evidence is then communicated and applied in a distorted fashion. In their forty years of practice after leaving medical school, doctors hear about what works through ad hoc oral traditions, from sales reps, colleagues or journals. But those colleagues can be in the pay of drug companies – often undisclosed – and the journals are too. And so are the patient groups. And finally, academic papers, which everyone thinks of as objective, are often covertly planned and written by people who work directly for the companies, without disclosure. Sometimes whole academic journals are even owned outright by one drug company. Aside from all this, for several of the most important and enduring problems in medicine, we have no idea what the best treatment is, because it's not in anyone's financial interest to conduct any trials at all. These are ongoing problems, and although people have claimed to fix many of them, for the most part they have failed; so all these problems persist, but worse than ever, because now people can pretend that everything is fine after all. Prof. Ben Goldacre, MD, Bad Pharma, Page XI, Nov. 2012


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Positive bias averaged 32% (range 11 to 69%) in a NEJM article, 2008.  The study of neuroleptic drugs made a comparison of 74 journal articles to the raw data which was obtained by FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) from the FDA. See, or