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Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime – How Big Pharma Has Corrupted Healthcare

This fascinating if sometimes uncomfortable book deals, not with the triumphs that drugs have brought society, but the ‘failures’ – the author’s term – of the drug industry

This fascinating if sometimes uncomfortable book deals, not with the triumphs that drugs have brought society, but the ‘failures’ – the author’s term – of the drug industry.

It examines how clinical trials are undertaken, the apparent conflicts of interest, including prescribers receiving sponsorship from drug companies, the ways medicines are sold and how drug companies are regulated. It then goes on to review specific drugs.

As a doctor, medical researcher and former drug company representative who ‘sold’ drugs to other doctors, the author seems well placed to undertake this review, and he provides a wealth of evidence to support his position. He argues powerfully for a need for reform of the current system of drug research, trials and licensing.

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