le 24 février 2013
Ce livre permet d'avoir une idée juste du fonctionnement de l'industrie pharmaceutique au sens large du terme. En effet, il est question ici de la totalité de la chaine du médicament : du chimiste au consommateur, en passant par les instances de régulations.
C'est un cadeau que nous fait ici Ben Goldacre en permettant avec un livre simple, bien écrit et clair de connaitre les raisons des scandales qui entourent cette industrie. Il réussit l'exploit d'éviter les faiblesses habituelles du genre, à savoir un discourt moralisateur où l'ont porte un acteur en pâture sans voire la totalité du problème.
Si vous êtes un minimum intéressé par cette problématique, et vous l'êtes assurément en lisant ceci, ce livre est à lire absolument.
Le seul petit défaut, il n'est pas encore traduit en français mais il vaut très largement l'effort.
le 14 mars 2013
I think that we all know too little about what goes on the world of the pharmaceutical industry and if we were better informed maybe we would look at our doctor and what he prescribes us with very different eyes! We still want to believe that the world is, if not perfect quite good and that no one would hurt us on purpose and surely not only in order to make money but well.... The truth is that we live in a capitalist society where profits go above everything else and yes... people do hurt us, if not on purpose at least knowingly, others hurt us because they don't really care about anything else but they own financial well being, etc. We are now responsible for our own health and think otherwise is put ourselves and our families in danger! Either we want to get informed and try to protect ourselves as well as we possibly can, either we don't and then we are responsible for what happens to us. We can't wait for strangers to take the responsibility! The era of the nice village doctor who really cared if gone maybe forever! Now you have people who will make a lot of money because of the fact that you are ill, a lot more than if you were healthy and trying to keep you healthy is not an option for them. Sometimes making you more ill it is! Ben Goldacre is a doctor and therefore is somehow biased on some subjects but he is not afraid to say what he thinks and to dig till he gets a lot of dirt out. A dangerous business if you ask me.... But well, he is not afraid to do it!
As I said I don't agree with everything he says. His distrust of homeopathy is shared by many within the allopathic establishment and I am sure that there are some quacks around in the natural medicine, of course there are, but there are a lot of good therapies as well! I have had very good results with homeopathy, even with my children when they were tiny and saw them get better when allopathic medicine had no idea how to treat them so, anybody who tells me that it is all rubbish needs maybe to think again. He is also against vitamins and minerals. Of course this market has also been taken over by Big Pharma big time and no one can stop that! I have just noticed that the vitamins I am taking at this moment are manufactured by Merck, not good news..... but to say that anyone who advises patients to take vitamins and minerals are quacks.... Well, that is showing very little knowledge on the subject! Maybe Dr. Goldacre would like to read a bit about Linus Pauling?
That said.... What goes on in the pharmaceutical world is bordering criminal and the amount of money they often pay to settle cases shows exactly that. Ben Goldacre also gives suggestions of how this all could be changed but I don't hold my breath.... It won't change any time soon! The book can get a bit repetitive at times but all in all is very much worth reading! Read it and then make up your mind, don't read it and you might regret it!