Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Peter Gøtzsche’s latest book ‘Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime: How Big Pharma has Corrupted Healthcare’ wins first prize in BMA book awards 2014

On CEP, Council for Evidence-based Psychiatry: Peter Gøtzsche’s latest book ‘Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime: How Big Pharma has Corrupted Healthcare’ wins first prize in #BMA book awards 2014
 
"Professor Peter Gøtzsche has won first prize in the 2014 BMA book awards in the Basis of Medicine Category with his most recent book, ‘Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime: How Big Pharma Has Corrupted Healthcare’, published by Radcliffe Publishing.  Peter is Director of the Nordic Cochrane Centre and a member of CEP.

The BMA reviewer commented as follows:

9781846198847‘I would say that this book should be compulsory reading for medical students and junior doctors to make them aware of these issues…

The author’s long experience in the field leads to a clear and authoritative view on the failings of the pharmaceutical industry.However he is clear that doctors, their organisations, journals and policy makers also have a role in these failings. I was particularly interested in the entanglement between doctors and the pharmaceutical industry. 

The use of clear language – fraud, corruption, and criminality – helps show what we would call this behaviour in any other sphere of life. It also refocuses our minds on the impact this behaviour has on patients – medication being the third largest cause of death…

Prior to reading this I felt I had a good understanding of many of the issues – however this book highlighted many issues which I was not aware of. Some of the industry documents which have been leaked or revealed in court cases are particularly eye-opening…

I would strongly recommend this book to others both healthcare professionals and those in the general public. The central issue is that we should be focused on patients – whose safety must come before profits.’

A link to the publisher’s description of the book can be found here.

More information on the BMA awards can be found here."

Saturday, 18 October 2014

PEOPLE Perception and identity of dementia posters at Alzheimer's Europe Glasgow 20-22 October 2014

Here are the 'PEOPLE Perception and identity of dementia' posters by Dr Shibley Rahman, Kate Swaffer, Dr Peter Gordon, Simona Florio and Prof Facundo Manes for 24th Annual Conference Alzheimer's Europe Glasgow 2014: