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Professors exposing bad pharma in books

Email to friends about bad pharma and doctors.

Bad Pharma and tobacco science   4/30/17

Friends don’t trust your doctor’s medical advice.  A new book Rigor Mortis on scientific fraud is another wake-up call.  We should all know that when we are told by our doctor that a drug will help our condition that we are being fed crap because his information is supplied by bad pharma.  Your doctor has been turned into a pill pusher by a trillion dollar industry that has taken over their education. 

 

To read more open the attachment, it is on Rigor Mortis by Richard Harris, which has just been published, and more books like it.  Learn about how pharma cheats--your health depends on it! Those in a position to know, they have written books exposing the tobacco ethics of pharma with hundreds of citations to support their topics. 

The point made in Rigor Mortis:  how sloppy science creates worthless cures, crushes hope, and wastes billions is that industry funded studies in medicine favor industry because of various forms of scientific fraud.  Fraudulent results are obtained by messaging the data; wash out period,[1] last observation carried forward, surrogate end-points that don’t translate into health benefits, and many other ways.  Since pharma owns the raw data and won’t submit it with the article for journal publication, there is no effective way for the reviewers to spot the fraud, and thus peer review by a medical journal is a sham.  A NEJM study done by 4 professors 7 years ago using the raw data obtained from the FDA by the Freedom of Information Act found the average positive distortion in all 74 journal articles on neuroleptic drugs was 32%; the range was 11 to 64%, at  http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/short/358/3/252 or my website for abridged version at http://healthfully.org/index/id9.html.  This is the business norm, fraud; I call it tobacco science.  Beware of your well-meaning doctor, he has been duped.  We are all harmed because of this—for why doctors.  ,


An Even better book full of examples is Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime:  How big pharma has corrupted healthcare, by Prof. Peter C. Gotzsche MD.  It won a best book of the year award 2013 by the British Medical Association (equivalent to the AMA), and has two forwards, one by the former editor of the British Medical Journal, the other by the Deputy Editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association—of course as forwards they praise the book, and these two editors are in a position to know that frauds is always used by pharma in medical trials.  There is a fundamental conflict between science and business goals.  The purpose of studies and the advertising it generates is to market a product, and the information supplied distorts the evidence base.  It is all about marketing. 

 

Gotzsche’s book is an academic work designed to let the evidence do the talking, Harris’s book is by a science writer, it is full of interesting facts, interviews, and thus is better reading with the cost of weaker and less examples per page.  Moreover, Harris works for NPR, and thus softens the blame for the role of pharma, and their use of scientists for hire (KOLS, key opinion leaders) who are contracted to do the trials, write the medical text books and sign off on ghost written journal articles.  Yes, there is an industry of companies that specialize in writing journal articles, textbooks, new articles for pharma, and there is another industry that runs the trials.  Thus, pharma seems to be removed from the process; they aren’t. 

 

Another worthy book is By Prof. at Harvard Marcia Angell, MD, The Truth About the Drug Companies:  How they deceive us and what to do about it.  You can hear her President’s Lecture based on this book on YouTube.  As the title suggest it blames industry, unlike Rigor Mortis and while for the general public it follows the form of a university book by using extensive citations.  

 

On point is the statement by Dr. Evens in The Guardian:  “The pharmaceutical industry is the most lucrative, the most cynical and the least ethical of all the industries. 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." He is the author of "The Guide to the 4,000 Useful, Useless or Dangerous Medicines" (Sept 2012), with Dr. Bernard Debre is director of the prestigious Necker Institute, Dr. Philippe Even is a member of the French Parliament. F. Pharma. 

 

An attempt to fix that problems has been started, go to  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AllTrials.  If it succeeds, it would be the first step towards replacing marketing with medical science.   There are a number of major corporate backers.  There you will find a link to Prof. Ben Goldacre’s MD Bad Pharma.  I have read and own this, Prof. Angell’s and Prof. Gotzsche’s books (his other is Deadly Psychiatry and Organized Death.) Unfortunately we are still in the era of snake oil:  “any of various liquid concoctions of questionable medical value sold as an all- purpose curative, especially by traveling  hucksters” (Dictionary.com), only today we have a government watchdog, the FDA, ran for the purpose of promoting snake oil. You would be shocked at the degree of deception; go to http://healthfully.org/rep/ for a few of the journal articles exposing bad pharma.

 

Take the time to learn about the state of medicine.  We should in most cases avoid the weird, dangerous chemical prescribed; go to my website, and also learn what you should do to be healthy--like the aborigines.  It is my labor of love.



[1] Giving the drug for several weeks, then based on the results dropping out volunteers from the trail because of adverse reactions and/or failure to have positive results,.  Then Pharma starts the trial after culling out process.  This standard practice designed to favor the drug is never mentioned in the material submitted to the medical journal.   With last observation carried forward, typically the volunteer drops out because of side effects.  Pharma doesn’t call him up to find out why.  Thus that volunteer’s side effects aren’t record, and he is counted as one who completed the study—last observation carried forward.  High cholesterol a surrogate endpoint for heart attacks; the lowering of cholesterol doesn’t result in fewer heart attacks when an honest study is done. For example the Framingham population stud--ran over 50 years--found that the elderly with highest cholesterol lived longer.  There is a large chorus of professors who have exposed the cholesterol myth; but you won’t hear of them in our corporate media. 

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