A bold title for a blog indeed, but not mine (I almost hasten to add). This is the title of a new book by Professor Peter Gotzsche. I have ordered it, and started to read it. Gotzsche does not hold back. As the introduction states:
We take so many drugs is that drug companies don’t sell drugs, they sell lies about drugs. This is what makes drugs so different from anything else in life…Virtually everything we know about drugs is what the companies have chosen to tell us and our doctors…the reason patients trust their medicine is that they extrapolate the trust they have in their doctors into the medicines they prescribe. The patients don’t realise that, although their doctors may know a lot about diseases and human physiology and psychology, they know very, very little about drugs that hasn’t been carefully concocted and dressed up by the drug industry…If you don’t think the system is out of control, then please email me and explain why drugs are the third leading cause of death…If such a hugely lethal epidemic had been caused by a new bacterium or a virus, or even one hundredth of it, we would have done everything we could to get it under control.
This is a short blog. The only reason I have written it is to make you aware that this book exists, and to urge you to buy it, and read it.
Disclosure of Interest (D.O.I). I have absolutely no financial interest in this book. I know Peter Gotzsche through e-mail conversations.