So, it isn't necessarily what you know about a drug, that can hurt you. Ben Goldacre says it is what neither you, nor even your doctor, can find out about a drug that can complicate things. From drug trials that are tiny or end too soon, to the patients who drop out of them and are never factored in again, the doctor and epidemiologist says it is time for transparency and more public detail.
'Bad Pharma': Why Ben Goldacre says drug companies mislead doctors and harm patients
In the first line of his new book, Ben Goldacre sets a bold tone. "Medicine," he writes, "is broken." Ben Goldacre is a doctor and epidemiologist from London, England who has written extensively about what he thinks is ailing the medical system. His new book is called Bad Pharma
. In it, he takes aim at the pharmaceutical industry and the way drugs are tested and approved for use. Ben Goldacre was with me in Toronto.
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