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Our Daily Meds : Some scientists are starting to view our medical literature as propaganda
Monday, May 19, 2008 10:39 am Email this article
"Some independent scientists are starting to view our medical literature as propaganda," according to Melody Petersen, author of a new book called Our Daily Meds: How The Pharmaceutical Companies Transformed Themselves Into Slick Marketing Machines And Hooked The Nation On Prescription Drugs. In all other countries, drug companies are only allowed to advertise to doctors, but not allowed to advertise directly to consumers. "I've learned that there are so many different ways for a study to be designed to get the data to help you sell your drug."
In her book, she notes that, "I think that Dr. Richard Smith, the former editor of the British Medical Journal, said it best when he wrote that our medical journals have become 'a marketing arm' of the drug industry." Former New York Times Journalist
Melody former covered the drug industry for the New York Times
Melody, who formerly covered the drug industry for the New York Times, revealed this last Friday night, May 16th, 2008, in an interview with Bill Moyers on his PBS television program Journal.
Petersen M. Our Daily Meds : How the Pharmaceutical Companies Transformed Themselves Into Slick Marketing Machines and Hooked the Nation on Prescription Drugs. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008.
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