“It is impossible for someone to lie unless he thinks he knows the truth. Producing bullsh*t requires no such conviction…”
Ben Goldacre, Bad Science
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Doctors and patients need good scientific evidence to make informed decisions. But instead, companies run bad trials on their own drugs, which distort and exaggerate the benefits by design. When these trials produce unflattering results, the data is simply buried. All of this is perfectly legal. Even government regulators withhold vitally important data from the people who need it most. Doctors and patient groups have stood by too, and instead take payments, in a situation so corrupted that medics and nurses are now educated by the pharmaceutical industry. Patients are being harmed in huge numbers. http://www.pharmaware.co.uk/other-resources.html
Medical students are taught to make decisions for patients on the basis of the best available evidence. What they are invariably not taught is that the evidence is often withheld, analysed inappropriately, and presented in a biased fashion. As the situation currently stands, doctors could end up actively harming patients without even realising; a horrifying thought which is eruditely laid out in Ben Goldacre’s new book ‘Bad Pharma’. https://blogs.plos.org/speakingofmedicine/2012/11/19/book-review-what-can-we-do-about-bad-pharma/