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This searing indictment, David Healya€™s most comprehensive and forceful argument against the pharmaceuticalization of medicine, tackles problems in health care that are leading to a growing number of deaths and disabilities. Healy, who was the first to draw attention to the now well-publicized suicide-inducing side effects of many anti-depressants, attributes our current state of affairs to three key factors: product rather than process patents on drugs, the classification of certain drugs as prescription-only, and industry-controlled drug trials. These developments have tied the survival of pharmaceutical companies to the development of blockbuster drugs, so that they must overhype benefits and deny real hazards. Healy further explains why these trends have basically ended the possibility of universal health care in the United States and elsewhere around the world. He concludes with suggestions for reform of our currently corrupted evidence-based medical system.... that it has a range of nonmedical participants to balance out any bias the doctors involved may have in favor of the latest treatment. ... The four initial trials of Zyprexa in schizophrenia for instance had given rise to 234 publications of one sort or anothera€”almost ... just how many trials there had been did help to qualify the apparent benefits of Zyprexa, it made no difference in NICEa#39;s overall evaluation.

Author:David Healy
Publisher:Univ of California Press - 2012-02-11


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