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Saturday, August 22, 2020

2009 SWINE FLU PANDEMIC

2009 Swine flu was a false pandemic; Drug companies made additional $18B from fear created

Here is a one-minute video clip of the television coverage of the 2009 Swine flu pandemic.

The 2009 Swine flu pandemic was a “false” pandemic.

The WHO overestimated predicted deaths as much as 49-fold.

The WHO estimated that 2.0 to 7.4 million people could die worldwide, whereas the CDC estimates that only 151,000 to 575,000 people died worldwide.

More than half the experts who were advising WHO (11 of 20) had ties to drug companies.

Drug companies made an additional $18 billion in revenues from the fear created.

 

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Sunday, March 01, 2020

DRUG COMPANY LIES

The great placebo scandal

It turns out that placebos used in some (most?) drug trials are not inert substances.

Instead they contain active ingredients which cause similar adverse events in the placebo group as the drug group.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS

Antidepressants cause 15 times more suicides than the FDA claims says Prof. Peter Gotzsche, MD

“Under-reporting of deaths in [drug] industry funded trials [of antidepressants] is another major flaw. Based on some of the randomised trials that were included in a meta-analysis of 100,000 patients by the US Food and Drug Administration, I have estimated that there are likely to have been 15 times more suicides among people taking antidepressants than reported by the FDA,” writes Prof. Peter Gøtzsche, MD.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

DRUG COMPANY LIES

Drug adverse events were under-reported 3- to 33-fold in studies of weight loss drug orlistat

Published studies of the weight loss drug orlistat (Xenical and Alii) under-reported adverse events 3- to 33-fold compared to the number of investigator-reported adverse events even though six of seven papers stated that “all adverse events were recorded” according to an analysis of orlistat studies by Prof. Peter Gotzsche, MD and others from the Cochrane Collaboration.

Do you believe that this is also true for studies of cholesterol drugs (statins) and blood pressure drugs and diabetes drugs and antidepressants and anti-anxiety drugs and sleeping pills and bone-building drugs and acid-blocking drugs and every other drug out there?

Yes, of course it is.

I believe that drug-induced side effects are dramatically underreported in all drug studies sponsored by the drug companies.

This is just one example of this.

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DRUG COMPANY LIES

1318 drug-induced adverse events were not reported in published study of weight loss drug orlistat

“For one trial [of the weight loss drug orlistat (Xenical, Alii)], we identified an additional 1,318 adverse events that were not listed or mentioned in the [clinical study reports] itself [or the published paper] but could be identified through manually counting individual adverse events reported in an appendix, ” according to an analysis of orlistat studies by Prof. Peter Gotzsche, MD and others from the Cochrane Collaboration.

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DRUG COMPANY LIES

Multiple episodes of drug adverse events were only counted once & NOT reported in published studies

“We discovered that the majority of patients [given the weight loss drug orlistat (Xenical, Alii)] had multiple episodes of the same adverse event that were only counted once, though this was not described in the [clinical study reports] [or the published paper],” according to an analysis of orlistat studies by Prof. Peter Gotzsche, MD and others from the Cochrane Collaboration.

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DRUG COMPANY LIES

Patients given orlistat had twice as many days with adverse events, but this was not reported

“We also discovered that participants treated with orlistat experienced twice as many days with adverse events as participants treated with placebo… Furthermore, compared with the placebo group, adverse events in the orlistat group were more severe... [however] None of this was stated in the [clinical study reports] or in the published paper,” according to an analysis of orlistat studies by Prof. Peter Gotzsche, MD and others from the Cochrane Collaboration.

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Wednesday, August 03, 2016

PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS

Antipsychotic drugs used for schizophrenia are not very effective notes Prof. Peter Gotzsche, MD

Antipsychotic drugs used for schizophrenia have very little effect on improving the disease notes Prof. Peter Gøtzsche, MD.

These drugs effect on improving symptoms of the disease when measured on a scale used for schizophrenia (the PANSS) was only 6, when the difference that is considered minimally clinically relevant is 15.

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PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS

ADHD drugs may cause brain damage notes Prof. Peter Gotzsche, MD

“The benefits of drugs for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are also uncertain.
    “The short term relief seems to be replaced by long term harms, and animal studies strongly suggest that these drugs can produce brain damage, which is probably the case for all psychotropic drugs,” writes Prof. Peter Gøtzsche, MD.

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PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS

Getting rid of all antidepressants would improve health, lengthen life says Prof. Peter Gotzsche MD

“Given their lack of benefit, I estimate we could stop almost all psychotropic drugs without causing harm—by dropping all antidepressants, ADHD drugs, and dementia drugs (as the small effects are probably the result of unblinding bias) and using only a fraction of the antipsychotics and benzodiazepines we currently use,” writes Prof. Peter Gøtzsche, MD.
    “This would lead to healthier and more long lived populations.
    “Because psychotropic drugs are immensely harmful when used long term, they should almost exclusively be used in acute situations and always with a firm plan for tapering off, which can be difficult for many patients.
    “We need new guidelines to reflect this.”

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PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS

Many patients have become dependent on antidepressants & psychiatric drugs, Prof. Peter Gotzsche, MD

We also need widespread withdrawal clinics because many patients have become dependent on psychiatric drugs, including antidepressants, and need help so that they can stop taking them slowly and safely,” writes Prof. Peter Gøtzsche, MD.

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Tuesday, August 02, 2016

PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS

Psychiatric drugs kill 500,000 people each year in the US and EU, Prof. Peter Gotzsche, MD

Psychiatric drugs are responsible for the deaths of more than half a million people aged 65 and older each year in the Western world [in the US and the European Union],” writes Prof. Peter Gøtzsche, MD.

Later in the article he writes,
    “I used Danish prescription statistics to estimate the number of deaths caused by these three classes of drugs.
    “Because falls, which are much more common in older people, are an important cause of death in people taking psychotropic drugs, I included only people at least 65 years of age and used conservative death rates: 1% for antipsychotics, 1% for benzodiazepines and similar drugs, and only 2% for antidepressants.
    “The total number of deaths a year in Denmark (3693) when scaled up corresponded to 539,000 in the United States and European Union combined.”

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PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS

Psychiatric drug studies exaggerate benefits of these drugs by study design says Peter Gotzsche, MD

“The randomised trials [of psychiatric drugs] that have been conducted do not properly evaluate the drugs’ effects,” writes Prof. Peter Gøtzsche, MD.
    “Almost all of them are biased because they included patients already taking another psychiatric drug.
    “Patients, who after a short wash-out period are randomised to placebo, go “cold turkey” and often experience withdrawal symptoms.
    “This design exaggerates the benefits of treatment and increases the harms in the placebo group, and it has driven patients taking placebo to suicide in trials in schizophrenia.

[This creates the illusion of adverse effects in the placebo group because people in the placebo group are experiencing drug withdrawal from being taken off of their previous psychiatric drug, which then makes the drug group look better relative to the placebo group, and the drug companies can claim that the drug group did better than placebo, and can claim there was no difference in numbers of adverse events between the two groups, which is an illusion because of the way the study was designed.]

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PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS

Benzodiazepines and similar drugs double the death rate says Peter Gotzsche, MD

“A well conducted cohort study of patients of average age 55 found that benzodiazepines and similar drugs doubled the death rate; the excess death rate was about 1% a year,” writes Prof. Peter Gøtzsche, MD.

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PSYCHIATRIC DRUGS

Newer antidepressants cause 50% more deaths in older people (10.6% per year vs 7%) Peter Gotzsche MD

“A cohort study of patients older than 65 who were their own control found that all cause mortality was 3.6% higher when patients were taking the newer antidepressants for one year than when they did not take antidepressants,” writes Prof. Peter Gøtzsche, MD.

[The study he is referring to found that the death rate for all-cause mortality was 7.04% per year when patients were not taking antidepressants versus 10.61% per year when they were taking SSRI’s and 11.43% for other antidepressants not including tricyclic antidepressants.]

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Thursday, July 28, 2016

TOO MUCH MEDICINE

Too much medicine is doing more harm than good and costing hundreds of thousands of lives worldwide

Too much medicine is doing more harm than good and costing hundreds of thousands of lives worldwide according to six experts as noted in a recent article in The Daily Mail.

These experts include: 1) Sir Richard Thompson, former-president of the Royal College of Physicians and personal doctor to England’s Queen for 21 years; 2) Dr. Aseem Malhotra, a London-based cardiologist; 3) Professor John Ashton, president of the Faculty of Public Health in Britain; 4) psychiatrist Dr. JS Bamrah, chairman of the British Association of Physicians of Indian Origin in Britain; 5) cardiologist Professor Rita Redberg, MD editor of medical journal JAMA Internal Medicine; 6) Professor James McCormack, a pharmaceutical scientist.

They maintain that drug companies are developing drugs they can profit from rather than drugs which are most likely to help people.

Sir Richard Thompson was quoted as saying, “The time has come for a full and open public enquiry into the way evidence of the efficacy of drugs is obtained and revealed.
    “There is real danger that some current drug treatments are much less effective than had previously been thought.

He said the campaign highlights the “often weak and sometimes murky basis on which the efficacy and use of drugs, particularly in the elderly, are judged.”

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TOO MUCH MEDICINE

Patients are often given useless and sometimes harmful drugs according to Dr. Aseem Malhotra

Dr. Aseem Malhotra, a London-based cardiologist, says that patients are often given useless and sometimes harmful drugs that they do not need according to a recent article in The Daily Mail.

Dr. Malhotra is one of six doctors warning about the influence of drug companies on the prescribing of drugs.

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TOO MUCH MEDICINE

Giving people too many drugs is leading to countless deaths according to Dr. Aseem Malhotra

Dr. Aseem Malhotra, a London-based cardiologist, says that Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) is ‘over-treating’ patients, and he says that the side effects of too much medicine is leading to countless deaths according to a recent article in The Daily Mail.

Dr. Malhotra is one of six doctors warning about the influence of drug companies on the prescribing of drugs.

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TOO MUCH MEDICINE

Full trial data on statins has never been published according to Dr. Aseem Malhotra

Dr. Aseem Malhotra, a London-based cardiologist, says that the full trial data on statins which are prescribed to millions has never been published according to a recent article in The Daily Mail.

Dr. Malhotra is one of six doctors warning about the influence of drug companies on the prescribing of drugs.

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TOO MUCH MEDICINE

‘More medicine is better’ culture lies at the heart of healthcare according to Dr. Aseem Malhotra

“There is no doubt that a ‘more medicine is better’ culture lies at the heart of healthcare.
    “This is exacerbated by financial incentives within the system to prescribe more drugs and carry out more procedures - regardless of whether it benefits patients, it seems.
    “But there’s a more sinister barrier to making progress to raise awareness of - and thus tackle - such issues that we should be most concerned about.
    “And that’s the information that is being provided to doctors and patients to guide treatment decisions,” Dr. Aseem Malhotra, a London-based cardiologist, was quoted as saying in a recent article in The Daily Mail.

He wrote: “For the sake of our future health and the sustainability of the NHS [Britain’s National Health Service] it’s time for real collective action against ‘too much medicine’, starting with the Public Accounts Committee launching a full independent inquiry into the efficacy and safety of medicines.”

Dr. Malhotra is one of six doctors warning about the influence of drug companies on the prescribing of drugs.

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TOO MUCH MEDICINE

One in three hospitalizations in those over 75 due to drug adverse effects notes Dr. Aseem Malhotra

Dr. Aseem Malhotra, a London-based cardiologist, says that prescription drugs often do more harm than good, with the elderly particularly at risk according to a recent article in The Daily Mail.

He says that one in three hospital admissions in people over 75 is the result of an adverse drug reaction.

Dr. Malhotra is one of six doctors warning about the influence of drug companies on the prescribing of drugs.

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TOO MUCH MEDICINE

6 of 12 of Britain’s experts lowering cholesterol threshold tied to drug companies says Dr. Malhotra

Dr. Aseem Malhotra, a London-based cardiologist, notes that in 2014, Britain’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) lowered the threshold for prescribing statins to encourage doctors to prescribe them to more people, but later it was discovered 6 of the 12 panel members had financial ties to the drug companies making statins, having been paid directly to give speeches or for ‘advice’, or given funding for research according to a recent article in The Daily Mail.

Dr. Malhotra is one of six doctors warning about the influence of drug companies on the prescribing of drugs.

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TOO MUCH MEDICINE

There is an epidemic of misinformed doctors and misinformed patients notes Dr. Aseem Malhotra

Biased funding of research - funded because it is likely to be profitable, not beneficial for patients; Biased reporting in medical journals, and Commercial conflicts of interests and an inability of doctors and patients to understand health statistics and risk, “are contributing to an epidemic of misinformed doctors and misinformed patients in the UK and beyond” writes Dr. Aseem Malhotra, a London-based cardiologist, in a recent article in The Daily Mail.

“But most concerning of all, this desperate situation is costing tens of thousands of lives around the world.
    “And not only that, it is causing unnecessary suffering of millions and costing billions to our national economies,” Dr. Malhotra writes.

Dr. Malhotra is one of six doctors warning about the influence of drug companies on the prescribing of drugs.

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TOO MUCH MEDICINE

One-third of all healthcare in the US brings no benefit to patients notes Dr. Aseem Malhotra

“A few months ago, the medical director of NHS [National Health Service] England, Sir Bruce Keogh, admitted that one in seven NHS treatments - including operations - are unnecessary and should not have been carried out on patients.
    “And in the US, it is estimated that one third of all healthcare activity brings no benefit to patients,” writes Dr. Aseem Malhotra, a London-based cardiologist, in a recent article in The Daily Mail.

Dr. Malhotra is one of six doctors warning about the influence of drug companies on the prescribing of drugs.

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TOO MUCH MEDICINE

FDA says prescription drugs adverse events have tripled in US in the past decade, Dr. Aseem Malhotra

“The Food and Drug Administration reports that adverse events from prescribed medications have more than tripled in the past decade in the United States.
    “This has resulted in more than 123,000 deaths in 2014 and 800,000 total serious patient outcomes - including hospitalisations and life threatening disability.”
    “But this is likely to represent a gross underestimate,” writes Dr. Aseem Malhotra, a London-based cardiologist, in a recent article in The Daily Mail.

Dr. Malhotra is one of six doctors warning about the influence of drug companies on the prescribing of drugs.

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TOO MUCH MEDICINE

Prescription drugs are the third most common cause of death according to Peter Gotzsche, MD

“One person who has long been outspoken on the dangers of modern medication is Peter Gotzsche, [MD] professor of research design and analysis at the University of Copenhagen.
    “He estimates prescription drugs are the third most common cause of death after heart disease and cancer.
    “In particular, he is deeply concerned about the impact of psychiatric drugs including antidepressants and dementia drugs.
    “Writing in the BMJ, he calculated they [psychiatric drugs] are responsible for more than half a million deaths in those aged over 65 in the US and European union.
    “This is due to suicides but also because patients are over-medicated and drowsy,” writes Dr. Aseem Malhotra, a London-based cardiologist, in a recent article in The Daily Mail.

Dr. Malhotra is one of six doctors warning about the influence of drug companies on the prescribing of drugs.

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TOO MUCH MEDICINE

Psychiatric drugs kill half a million people per year in US and EU, Dr. Aseem Malhotra

“In particular, he [Peter Gotzsche, MD] is deeply concerned about the impact of psychiatric drugs including antidepressants and dementia drugs.
    “Writing in the BMJ, he calculated they [psychiatric drugs] are responsible for more than half a million deaths in those aged over 65 in the US and European union.
    “This is due to suicides but also because patients are over-medicated and drowsy,” writes Dr. Aseem Malhotra, a London-based cardiologist, in a recent article in The Daily Mail.

Dr. Malhotra is one of six doctors warning about the influence of drug companies on the prescribing of drugs.

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TOO MUCH MEDICINE

Many elderly patients given multiple drugs will fall, suffer hip fracture and die, Dr Aseem Malhotra

“It is the elderly who are most at risk of so-called polypharmacy - where a patient is taking multiple drugs.
    “The problem with polypharmacy is that the more drugs you take, the more likely you are to experience side-effects that are then misinterpreted by a doctor or nurse as a symptom of disease that needs treating with additional medicine.
    “I have lost count of the number of over-medicated elderly patients I have treated, with sometimes three or four blood pressure medications making them dizzy and fall over.
    “It’s a vicious cycle and one that costs lives each year.
    “The elderly are particularly vulnerable to polypharmacy with one in three hospital admissions in the over 75s the result of an adverse drug reaction.
    “Many of these patients will fall and suffer a hip fracture because of medication side effects and a quarter of these will die as a result,” writes Dr. Aseem Malhotra, a London-based cardiologist, in a recent article in The Daily Mail.

Dr. Malhotra is one of six doctors warning about the influence of drug companies on the prescribing of drugs.

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TOO MUCH MEDICINE

Behaviour of the pharmaceutical industry fulfills the criteria for ‘organized crime’, Peter Gotzsche

“But what is most disturbing is that Professor [Peter] Gotzsche claims much of the behaviour of the pharmaceutical industry that drives this over-prescription fulfils the criteria for ‘organised crime’ under US law,” writes Dr. Aseem Malhotra, a London-based cardiologist, in a recent article in The Daily Mail.

Dr. Malhotra is one of six doctors warning about the influence of drug companies on the prescribing of drugs.

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TOO MUCH MEDICINE

GlaxoSmithKline fined $3 billion in 2012 for 3 drugs, but made $25 billion from these drugs

“In 2012 GSK [GlaxoSmithKline] landed a $3 billion fine - the largest healthcare fraud settlement in US history - for illegally marketing several drugs including an anti-depressant, a diabetes drug and one for epilepsy.
    “But in the period covered by the settlement, it posted profits of more than $25 billion in the sales of these drugs,” writes Dr. Aseem Malhotra, a London-based cardiologist, in a recent article in The Daily Mail.

Dr. Malhotra is one of six doctors warning about the influence of drug companies on the prescribing of drugs.

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TOO MUCH MEDICINE

Benefits of statins have been grossly exaggerated and side effects underplayed, Dr Aseem Malhotra

“As he [Professor Simon Capewell, Vice President for Health Policy for the UK’s Faculty of Public Health] and I point out in an editorial published two weeks ago in medical journal BMC Medicine, community based studies reveal that almost 75 per cent of new users will stop taking their statin within a year of prescription with 62 per cent citing side effects as a reason,” writes Dr. Aseem Malhotra, a London-based cardiologist, in a recent article in The Daily Mail.
    “In fact, the emerging evidence suggests at best, the benefits of statins have been grossly exaggerated and side effects underplayed.
    “In recent weeks, two separate research groups in Japan and France have, independently of each other, questioned the reliability of many of the earlier industry sponsored studies that show the benefit of statins.
    “In fact the Japanese research went as far to even suggests that statins may be a cause of the increasing population burden of heart failure.”

[See below for a list of articles which summarize what the Japanese research group and French and Swiss cardiologists concluded about statins.]

Dr. Malhotra is one of six doctors warning about the influence of drug companies on the prescribing of drugs.

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TOO MUCH MEDICINE

Most medical research is likely to be false notes Dr. Aseem Malhotra

“It has been just over 10 years since John Ioannidis, professor of medicine and health policy at Stanford University, published a landmark paper explaining why most published medical research is likely to be false.
    “But it’s not just about studies being poorly designed or stats being manipulated.
    “He went as far to claim ‘the greater the financial interests in a given field, the less likely the research findings are to be true’,”  writes Dr. Aseem Malhotra, a London-based cardiologist, in a recent article in The Daily Mail.

Dr. Malhotra is one of six doctors warning about the influence of drug companies on the prescribing of drugs.

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TOO MUCH MEDICINE

My first thought is could this be a medication side effect? notes Dr. Aseem Malhotra

Now, when a patient comes to see me with any new symptom my first thought is could this be a medication side effect?”  writes Dr. Aseem Malhotra, a London-based cardiologist, in a recent article in The Daily Mail.

Larry Hobbs: Every problem that my mother had over the last 17 years of her life (1994-2011)—and she had lots of problems—were due to drug-induced side effects, and yet 17 out of 17 doctors that my mother saw were blind to the fact that these problems were due to drug-induced side effects.

Dr. Malhotra is one of six doctors warning about the influence of drug companies on the prescribing of drugs.

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TOO MUCH MEDICINE

UK’s health regulators NICE and MHRA are part of the problem notes Dr. Aseem Malhotra

“Unfortunately, there are multiple recent examples exposing that our so-called guardians and regulators, NICE [UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence] and the MHRA [UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency], are not only ill-equipped to deal with these issues [when research findings are false],” writes Dr. Aseem Malhotra, a London-based cardiologist, in a recent article in The Daily Mail.
    “Or, as the immediate past president of the Royal College of Physicians Sir Richard Thompson told me [NICE [UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence] and the MHRA [UK’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency] are “part of the problem rather than the solution”.’
    “NICE was called out when several leading doctors, including Sir Richard, wrote to the Secretary of State for health raising major concerns over the impartiality of the guideline development group on statins with 8 of its 12 members declaring financial ties to companies manufacturing statins and related drugs.
    “And in April 2014 independent scientists of the Cochrane Collaboration - considered the gold standard body of independent scientists - concluded that Britain wasted more than £500 million on the influenza drug Tamiflu.”

Dr. Malhotra is one of six doctors warning about the influence of drug companies on the prescribing of drugs.

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TOO MUCH MEDICINE

Prescriptions have doubled in the UK in the past 10 years to 1 billion notes Dr. Aseem Malhotra

“The fact that prescriptions are at an all time high with more than 1 billion handed out every year [in the UK] - the figure has doubled in the past decade - should be regarded as a public health crisis in itself,” writes Dr. Aseem Malhotra, a London-based cardiologist, in a recent article in The Daily Mail.

Dr. Malhotra is one of six doctors warning about the influence of drug companies on the prescribing of drugs.

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TOO MUCH MEDICINE

‘Medical science has taken a turn towards darkness’ notes Dr. Aseem Malhotra

“Corporate greed and systematic political failure has brought the NHS [UK’s National Health Service] to its knees,” writes Dr. Aseem Malhotra, a London-based cardiologist, in a recent article in The Daily Mail.
    “Last week, responding to a series of recent scandals - including failure of institutions and universities in the UK to tackle research misconduct - former editor of the BMJ, Richard Smith, wrote: ‘something is rotten in the state of British Medicine and has been for a long time’.
    “For the sake of our future health and the sustainability of the NHS it’s time for real collective action against ‘too much medicine’.
    “This can start with the public accounts committee launching a full independent inquiry into the efficacy and safety of medicines.
    “I believe it is an underlying scandal that may likely to dwarf that of the Mid Staffordshire NHS scandal - where scores of patients died due to poor care, a public enquiry concluded.
    “Medical science has taken a turn towards darkness.
    “And sunlight will be its only disinfectant.”

Dr. Malhotra is one of six doctors warning about the influence of drug companies on the prescribing of drugs.

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Sunday, July 03, 2016

‘Much of the scientific literature… may simply be untrue’ says Lancet’s Editor-in-Chief

“The case against science is straightforward: much of the scientific literature, perhaps half, may simply be untrue.

— Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet, April 11, 2015

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Prof. Peter Gotzsche, MD

12 serious heart problems deleted from diabetes drug study of rosiglitazone (Avandia),  Dr. Gotzsche

Prof. Peter Gotzsche, MD notes that the RECORD trial of the diabetes drug rosiglitazone (Avandia) was terribly manipulated by GlaxoSmithKline.

An article published in the New York Times on July 9, 2010 titled, “Caustic Government Report Deals Blow to Diabetes Drug” revealed that Dr. Thomas Marciniak, a reviewer at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), found a dozen instances in which patients taking Rosiglitazone (Avandia) suffered serious heart problems that were not counted in the study’s tally of adverse events.

The article also notes that “It [ Rosiglitazone (Avandia) ] has been shown to increase the risks of bone fractures and to cause swelling that can lead to heart failure and eye problems.”

The article also notes that “Dr. Jerome P. Kassirer, a former editor of The New England Journal, said the Record trial raised the question “whether the entire system is corrupt.””

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Saturday, February 07, 2015

Prof. Peter Gotzsche, MD

2 out of 20 healthy volunteers given sertraline (Zoloft) became suicidal, Peter Gotzsche, MD

2 out of 20 healthy volunteers given 50-100 mg of sertraline (Zoloft) became suicidal became suicidal notes Prof. Peter Gotzsche, MD in this video clip.

The study he is referring to can be download here.

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Prof. Peter Gotzsche, MD

Merck hid 3 heart attacks in VIGOR trial of Vioxx, Peter Gotzsche, MD

“Vioxx [ rofecoxib, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, a Cox-2 inhibitor ] is estimated to have killed about 30,000 people,” says Prof. Peter Gotzsche, MD in this video clip.

“Merck HID cases of myocardial infarction [ heart attacks ].”

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