New book by Ben Goldacre: Bad Pharma

A extract from The Economist: Q&A with Ben Goldacre whose previous book Bad Science is included in our library stock.
“ALONG with lawyers, estate agents and journalists, the pharmaceutical industry occupies an unenviable position near the bottom of the public’s affections. Ask people why, though, and they may find the reasons for their disdain hard to pin down.

Ben Goldacre, a British doctor and author, knows exactly what is wrong. “Medicine is broken,” he declares in his new book, “Bad Pharma”, before cataloguing the ways in which secrecy and laziness keep doctors ignorant about just what the drugs they prescribe are doing to their patients. Pharmaceutical firms routinely bury unflattering trial results and publish only the good ones. Those trials are run on unrepresentative patients, with dodgy statistical analysis, and then pushed on doctors with advertising budgets that are often bigger than those of the firms’ research-and-development arms.”