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Bad Pharma
By Ben Goldacre
A new book from the author of "Bad Science", in which Goldacre exposes the pharmaceutical industry. He finds a $600 billion industry in which more money is spent on marketing than on research and development, where the results of clinical trials of new drugs are massaged, and in which regulators fail to regulate. Papers supposedly by respected academics are ghostwritten by drug companies, and patients' pressure groups are covertly sponsored by pill manufacturers.
Not of course that any Carers online forums have ever been created, penetrated, or abused by these peddlers of dreams ... or have they? Well, maybe the fragrant and largely imaginary Belle and Belinda could answer?

http://www.guardianbookshop.co.uk/Berte ... 0007350742
Scally, for those of us not in the know, who are these fragrant females of which you speak?

I have heard about this book from a topic on another forum I use..statins for high cholesterol are the subject of much division among many people and they are prescribed a heck of a lot. Some question their blanket use and others just question their use full stop..the integrity of the pharma are called into question.

Sorry to be blunt but illness, like death, is big business. It has always been this way. But I know for sure that without certain meds I would not be alive today.

You haven't mentioned what you feel about the issue Scally?
I think Scally is referring to a different site where this is concerned.
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There certainly is, well sort of, but her flesh and blood existence has been questioned, as she only has one stock photograph. She appears to be fluent in several languages and makes cuddly noises in order to recruit people with various diseases and conditions for research purposes: so she may well be a fictional entity designed to encourage people to feed the pharma industry with real data. Its complicated, and speculative; but it might well suit parts of the drug industry to have an imaginary, rather than a real, figurehead, as it saves having to pay a real person or explain why she has left their employment. Rather like those stock images used to glam up boring business websites with a picture of a very glossy and improbable receptionist, when you know fine well the real receptionist is probably grumpy and fifty something. Nothing is quite what it seems in the www. It probably wouldnt matter much but for the fact that some (sad, lonely) blokes have been sucked in by the cuddly responses and actually fallen for her.
It really is disgusting that we are obliged to rely on the results of double-blinded clinical trials, which are supposed to be "objective" to safeguard our health, when the results can be skewed so easily by funders with ulterior motives.

They can be completely shameless about it, too:
http://www.naturalnews.com/028194_Scott ... fraud.html
That is breathtaking - thanks for the link. This is fraud on a global scale, and yet the drugs companies will just go on raking it in because we, the suckers, are so desperate for cures that we suspend normal critical judgement . The biggest evil is that the rich are taking money from the sick and the poor, it is totally cynical and despicable.
As a result of Dr. Reuben's faked studies, the peer-reviewed medical journal Anesthesia & Analgesia was forced to retract 10 "scientific" papers authored by Reuben. The Day of London reports that 21 articles written by Dr. Reuben that appear in medical journals have apparently been fabricated, too, and must be retracted.

After being caught fabricating research for Big Pharma, Dr. Reuben has reportedly signed a plea agreement that will require him to return $420,000 that he received from drug companies. He also faces up to a 10-year prison sentence and a $250,000 fine.

He was also fired from his job at the Baystate Medical Center in Springfield, Mass. after an internal audit there found that Dr. Reuben had been faking research data for 13 years.

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