Research corrupted by pharmaceutical company interests influences how medical professionals treat patients. What you must know and what you can do.
… you’ll learn about the harm of Big Pharma and the reasons why pharmaceutical drugs are becoming much more widely used than science or good health care justifies.
Corporate interests and public good in America are often at battle, and the world of medical research and care is no different. Dr. John Abramson joins the show to explain what that means for your health and what you can do about it.
Dr. Abramson is an expert on health care policy, inside and out.
He’s taught at Harvard Medical School for 20 years and spent more than 20 years as a family physician. He’s researched, written about, and had unique access to the inner workings of the pharmaceutical industry for decades. He’s served as an unpaid consultant to the FBI and Department of Justice, and as an expert in national drug litigation.
He’s also written a new book, “Sickening: How Big Pharma Broke American Health Care and How We Can Repair It.” He joins the show to talk about how big pharma controls research, withholds data and shapes information that medical professionals rely on to make important care decisions.
Although Americans spend more on healthcare than other wealthy nations, overall health continues to decline. Prescription drugs continue to be a first choice, instead of optional lifestyle interventions that could better manage health conditions.
In just one example: “Statins are now the most frequently prescribed class of drugs to lower cholesterol, and we can talk about the limited benefit they have for healthy people,” Dr. Abramson says. “But what you don’t see is there’s never been a study that compared statin therapy to lifestyle intervention for people at risk of heart disease. Never been done.”
He shares the stories behind four of the biggest failures in the pharmaceutical world that include deception, illegal practices, exploitation and lies. He’ll discuss how the job of pharmaceutical companies–no matter how effective a project may be–is to make a profit. It’s important to never forget that, Dr. Abramson says.
“[Drug companies] pay for 86% of clinical research,” he explains. “They choose what to research, which is how to make new drugs that are going to maximize their profits, so they can maximize the return, the financial return of their investors. They design the studies to show that the drugs are effective and safe.”
Dr. Abramson offers ways you can put your trust back in science and take your health into your own hands in a world of corporate giants. Opening scientific data for independent analysis is a good start. This episode offers information so you’re aware and you can make better decisions for yourself.
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