The Truth About the Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us and What to Do About It
One pill makes you larger
And one pill makes you small
And the ones that mother gives you
Don't do anything at all
It’s pretty easy to imagine the millions of dollars pharma companies spend on the advertisements we watch on television, hear on the radio, see on the Internet, in magazines, newspapers, and so forth. However, some of the advertisements, referred to as stealth ads, are harder to recognize; infomercials can fool consumers by resembling newscasts rather than commercials (Ange ...more
يسلط هذا الكتاب الضوء على ممارسات شركات الأدوية غير الأخلاقية، والمدفوعة بالجشع والرغبة في مضاعفة أرباحها، في الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية. كمية المعلومات الصادمة والفاضحة في هذا الكتاب كفيلة بأن يشيب لها شعر الرأس. ورغم أن الكتاب يتاول مشكلة أمريكية خالصة، إلا أن ما يحصل هناك، لا بد وأن يكون له -بطريقة أو بأخرى- نتائج هنا!
While most basic research is conducted by the NIH and/or universities, drug companies continue to excuse their exorbitant price-gouging on the costs of "research and development". While their big expenditures are actually direct ...more
Big Pharma "is taking us for a ride," Angell contends. "And there will be no real reform without an aroused and determined public to make it happen." This expose may arouse readers, but will it help the larger cause? Critics agree that Angell's passionate, well-researched indictment of the industry's practice raises important questions. The lack of new insight doesn't diminish its power, but some critics who applaud Angell's suggested reforms also see them as unrealistic. Only Dr. Miller of The...more
I haven't read non-fiction this good in a while. I picked up the book as part of my blogging activities for background research; but now I would say this book has empowered me and given me a greater understanding on how the world works.
First the beginning chapters felt very repetitive to me. This was made worse by the fact every was support by essential a single data point (2002 financial data). I think it would have been much better if these chapters were condensed in a small peer reviewe ...more
The strengths in this book is that IT WAS published before this subject matter exploded, and one of the better ones that the includes many the dirty details in a more specific manner that other leave out. Another strength of this book is the credibility of the author, as opposed to some with les ...more
Farmacevtskih podjetij ne zanimajo ljudje z nenavadnimi boleznimi, saj je v teh primerih trg majhen.
Če podjetja ugotovijo, da zdravila ne prinašajo dobička, jih enostavno nehajo proizvajati.
"Celo ekipa New York Yankees včasih izgubi in znano je, da včasih izgubi tudi ekipa Los Angeles Lakers. Toda obstaja organizacija, ki nikdar ne izgubi, in ta organizacija ima za sabo na stotine zmag in nobenega poraza v kongresu Združenih držav. In to je farmacevtska industrija."
Velika farmacija pomaga povsod ...more
Anyway, the book if full of eye-opening information about the way the drug companies wriggle around a lot of laws, not only FDA types laws but the 'la ...more
one just might.
But why don't you ponder these facts from the book: "The authors obtained FDA (Federal Drug Administration) reviews of every placebo(sugar-coated pill)-controlled clinical trial submitted for initial approval of the six most widely used antidepressant drugs approved between 1987 and 1999 - Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Celexa. Serzone and Effexor (all but the last two are SSRIs).. ...more
Angell states that many for-profit drug companies are receiving federal research funding of some sort. Her view is that if taxpayers fund the research then private companies should not be able to profit from the resulting drugs which come to market. Her argument is that many peo ...more
I acknowledge that I'm not a doctor, but as an educated medical consumer, I don't buy the idea that individual differences are meaningless and there's no use ...more
I have to say that I wasn't overly impressed by this. It left me feeling vaguely like I'd heard it all before, which I have, really. There was no real, startling new information that one couldn't find out from Sicko. It was a comprehensive, academic discussion of the situation and what could be done to fix it.
I felt almost completely neutral about the book. I wasn't in any rush to finish it, but it wasn't bad enough to turn off either.
It was really mostly ...more
Uma critica á Industria Farmaceutica, que apesar de focar essencialmente o problema de saúde americano, deve ser lida por todos para um melhor esclarecimento de como essa Industria funciona.É uma chamada de atenção importante para uma realidade nossa também, pois apesar de estarmos algo protegidos com o controlo de preços somos confrontados com a p ...more
most of the innovative drugs discovered each year are actually supported by NIH or other publicly funded research, meaning that big pharma did almost nothing in the discovery process. the price of drugs, therefore, is totally unrelated to the cost of discovery.
lots of incestuous relationships between Big Pharma + FDA, Congress, and doctors...
patent law is totally abused.
FDA, Congress, doctors, and even consumers contribute to the mess of the drug industry.