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Ben Goldacre and Big Pharma

In my review post on Ben Goldacre’s Bad Pharma, I mentioned that Goldacre was suffering from some quite negative responses from the industry (as one would expect). There is now a fascinating article on the New Stateman website about their response. In essence, the wonderful Helen Lewis (@helenlewis) reviewed the book a few weeks ago, prompting a letter in response from the CEO of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (Stephen Whitehead). The response claims that Goldacre is “stuck in a bygone era where pharmaceutical companies wine and dine doctors in exchange for signing on the dotted line” and that best practice is being followed by the bulk of the industry. Goldacre’s reply is reproduced in the article. As you might expect, he doesn’t take it lying down!

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