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zerodynamics

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  • Bad Pharma: How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 57 mins)
    • By Ben Goldacre
    • Narrated By Jonathan Cowley
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (60)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (52)

    Medicine is broken. We like to imagine that it's based on evidence and the results of fair tests. In reality, those tests are often profoundly flawed. We like to imagine that doctors are familiar with the research literature surrounding a drug, when in reality much of the research is hidden from them by drug companies. We like to imagine that doctors are impartially educated, when in reality much of their education is funded by industry.

    zerodynamics says: "A must read for health professionals"
    "A must read for health professionals"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes


    What other book might you compare Bad Pharma to and why?

    Anatomy of an Epidemic. Both provide invaluable information about pharmaceuticals, both are scrupulously researched


    Which character – as performed by Jonathan Cowley – was your favorite?

    Like most people, I assumed that the process by which prescriptions meds were approved met the highest of scientific standards. I am a researcher by training and I understand that while meeting such standards is difficult, it isn't optional. Goldacre's review of the process is a bit dramatic in tone, but his facts are verifiable and his case is quite credible. As a psychologist, this information is particularly valuable to me. Most of my clients take some kind of medication, and all assume that these meds are proven safe and effective. The more I know about the efficacy and safety of medications, the better able I am to work with my clients and their doctors (many of whom ALSO assume all meds are safe and effective, compliments of the FDA)


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