Ben Goldacre on NZ’s pharmaceutical drug industry

By Mark Broatch In Health

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'If I only pulled half the people out of the way of an oncoming vehicle, when I could have pulled all of them out of the way, then you would rightly say that I was a bit of a bastard,” says Ben Goldacre. But that, he says, is the problem with modern medicine. That articulated truck bearing down on all of us is the avoidable harm of pharmaceutical drugs. And it is simply not good enough, he argues, that the drug industry is so relaxed about the massive gaps that exist in our knowledge about their effectiveness, safety and potential side effects. Goldacre, a British doctor, epidemiologist ...

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