The Pill Pushers
How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients
by Ben Goldacre
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Most of us would like to believe that our doctors spend every free moment buried in medical journals, impervious to the long tentacles of drug companies—no matter what their inexhaustible supplies of AstraZeneca pens and Eli Lilly clipboards may suggest to the contrary. But physician and journalist Ben Goldacre takes firm and decisive aim at that comforting myth in Bad Pharma, a sequel of sorts to his 2009 title, Bad Science.
Thanks to the moral ineptitude of oil and tobacco companies, we’re all familiar with tales of soulless corporations skewing data, buying off critics, and silencing dissidents. Pharmaceutical companies are especially practiced in these dark arts because the regulatory process is long, bureaucratic, and deeply entangled with many different stakeholders—ensuring, in other words, that the
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