• Bad Pharma

  • How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients
  • By: Ben Goldacre
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies
  • Length: 12 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 25-10-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Whole Story Audiobooks
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.4 (497 ratings)


Shortlisted for: Popular Non-Fiction Book of the Year – Specsavers National Book Awards 2012
'Bad Science’ hilariously exposed the tricks that quacks and journalists use to distort science, becoming a 400,000 copy bestseller. Now Ben Goldacre puts the $600bn global pharmaceutical industry under the microscope. What he reveals is a fascinating, terrifying mess.

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. In fact, even government regulators withhold vitally important data from the people who need it most. Doctors and patient groups have stood by too, and failed to protect us. Instead, they take money and favours, in a world so fractured that medics and nurses are now educated by the drugs industry.
The pharmaceutical industry spends more on marketing than it does on research and development. New diseases are invented in order to swell profits. It distorts and suppresses the results of clinical trials if they are unfavourable. Patients' pressure groups are covertly sponsored by pill manufacturers. Its offences are countless and the consequences are felt by us all. What we trust to cure us may be ineffectual or actually harmful. Patients are harmed in huge numbers.
Ben Goldacre is Britain’s finest writer on the science behind medicine, and ‘Bad Pharma’ is a clear and witty attack, showing exactly how the science has been distorted, how our systems have been broken, and how easy it would be to fix them.
©2012 Ben Goldacre (P)2012 W F Howes Ltd
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By Lut on 23-12-12

Every medical doctor should read this!

I am an infectious disease physician. 'Bad Pharma' is a book about the failure of implementing evidence based clinical medicine, the factors contributing to it and the fake fixes. This is an eye opener, useful for all MDs whether involved in clinical trials, receiving pharma reps or going on conference trips with pharma and other “jollies”. (we all say that we are not influenced…) Also interesting is the conflict of interest that Journals have in publishing clinical trials.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kindle Customer on 09-07-14

An important book for everyone

A brilliant, witty, shocking and important look at the failures involved in our medicines, not just of the companies themselves but also of regulators, academics who literally hire out their names and reputations and others.

It isn't at all difficult to follow, you need no specialist knowledge, it isn't dry or dull and it talks about things that affect us all.

It is a book that matters and one that will help you make informed decisions about your own health.

Hopefully it will galvanize enough change that in the future we will know if the medicines we take and buy as a society actually do what they claim to.

If I could only recommend one book I have read, it would honestly be this one.

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By Oleg V Lapshin on 03-08-17

the best book on the topic

evidence based, passionate and practical, i now definitely going to change my attitude to reps and promotional activities

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5 out of 5 stars
By Rees on 17-07-15


Brilliant. Important book which is well performed. Hopefully read by many doctors and policy makers.

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