Bad Pharma

Ben Goldacre puts the $600bn global pharmaceutical industry under the microscope

How drug companies mislead doctors and harm patients

Bad Pharma by Ben Goldacre on Flickr

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From amazon.co.uk : ” 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. 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. ”

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Live Chat Transcript With Ben Goldacre: How Bad Is the Pharma Industry?In medicine, we need to see all the results, positive and negative, to get a clear understanding of the overall risks and benefits of a treatment. If we only see the positive results, with the less flattering results withheld, then we get an exaggerated picture of the benefits. This can lead to bad treatment decisions. We can be misled into thinking an ineffective treatment is actually effective, meaning a patient is exposed to side effects unnecessarily, or deprived of another effective treatment that they would have had instead. We can be misled into thinking it’s worth enduring side effects for a large benefit, when in reality the benefits are only modest “.

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Génération Médicaments: Fille Distilbène, Garçon Médiator

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Médocs par Olivero, dessin de presse.
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Perturbateurs Endocriniens et Troubles du Comportement, Témoignages et Recherche Scientifique

Nous n’avons pas encore tiré toutes les leçons de l’histoire du Distilbène DES

Perturbateurs Endocriniens et Troubles du Comportement, Témoignages et Recherche Scientifique

Affiche de la Conférence du Docteur Marie-Odile Soyer-Gobillard sur Flickr  DES Diethylstilbestrol's photostream on Flickr

Le but d’HHORAGES-France, c’est d’établir la relation de cause à effet entre la prise d’hormones sexuelles de synthèse lors des grossesses et tous les troubles générés, à plus ou moins long terme, chez les enfants issus de ces grossesses.

Revue de Presse – Médecine & Longévité – Lisez Perturbateurs endocriniens et troubles du comportement : non, nous n’avons pas encore tiré toutes les leçons de l’histoire du DES publié par Elsevier.

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Silent Trauma

Judith Barrow’s story is fiction, but the facts are real…

Silent Trauma by Judith Barrow on FlickrWhen Meg Matthews gives a radio interview about the devastating effects a drug has had on her life she has no idea that there will be anyone else who has suffered in a similar way. But soon she is contacted by three other women who share the same terrible secret: Rachel, a woman struggling with a failing marriage, Jackie, with a series of unsuccessful gay relationships behind her and Avril, a recluse. Each one has their own story. Each one believed that they were alone. In any other circumstances their lives would never have crossed but now they are drawn together in friendship because of the terrible consequences of a drug prescribed to pregnant women for over forty years during the middle of the twentieth century. Used ostensibly to supposedly prevent miscarriages Stilboestrol (Diethylstilbestrol DES) caused unforeseen internal damage to the unborn daughters of these women that was not discovered for years. Alone, the four women were powerless; together they are a force to be reckoned with. Determined to bring publicity to the destruction caused by the drug they hit on an unusual and innovative idea to bring it to the public’s attention.

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Les Conditions d’Indemnisation des Victimes du Distilbène se précisent

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WONDER DRUG almost makes it! See @WONDERDRUGMOVIE Pin on Pinterest

The film in development, WONDER DRUG was so very close to winning public votes in a survey by Indiewire. The winning margin was only 3% …

As Carole Devine said: “Thank you to everyone who voted. We are all supportive of screen writer and DES daughter, Caitlin McCarthy in her quest for Wonder DRUG to make it to the big screen.”

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Le Distilbène DES, interdit en France en 1977, six ans après les Etats-Unis d’Amérique!

A lire surtout si votre mère ou grand-mère s’en sont vues prescrire pendant leur grossesse…

Le Distilbène DES, interdit en France en 1977, six ans après les Etats-Unis d'Amérique !Connaissant les risques auxquels avec le DES ils exposaient les femmes – au moins sur une génération – les pouvoirs publics l’ont autorisé et des médecins l’ont largement prescrit pendant 5 à 12 ans dans ces 7 pays…

Le DES fut arrêté chez les femmes enceintes :

  • en 71 aux USA.
  • en 76, soit 5 ans après ! au Canada.
  • en 77, soit 6 ans après ! en France, Autriche, Pays-bas.
  • en 78, soit 8 ans après ! en Australie.
  • en 81, soit 11 ans après ! en Italie.
  • en 83, soit 12 ans après ! en Hongrie.

Utilisé par le suite comme “pilule du lendemain“, il est encore utilisé en Afrique pour provoquer un avortement (2013).

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Fess-Up on DES: The Petition

Money won’t buy our silence!

Fess-Up on DES @LillyPad #EliLilly ! See on Pinterest and Sign @Royallgal #Petition to #KeepLillyHonest

My mum was prescribed DES in 1970. Eli Elly, and all drug manufacturers in the USA and in countries such as France and the UK where DiEthylStilbestrol continued to be prescribed well after the FDA issued a warning regarding the DES cancer link, should be condemned and should be forced to pay research for DES victims including the third generation (children of DES daughters). Money won’t buy our silence! Fess up on DES and take responsibility!

Signed #473: DES Daughter Network.

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A DES Daughter’s Testimonial Makes Top Story on Hormones Matter Blog

DES – The Drug to Prevent Miscarriage Ruins Lives of Millions

DES Daughter Testimonial Makes Top Story on Hormones Matter Blog
Hormones Matter, an online and community publication dedicated to advancing hormone-health research, is raising awareness about the DES drug scandal. DES Daughter Network joins their team of guest writers.

Read “DES – The Drug to Prevent Miscarriage Ruins Lives of Millionsfull article on Hormones Matter, Feb 5, 2013 .

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