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  • ‘Drug companies don’t sell drugs, they sell lies about drugs’ notes Prof. Peter Gotzsche, MD

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    “The main reason we take so many drugs is that drug companies don’t sell drugs, they sell lies about drugs,” notes Prof. Peter C. Gøtzsche, MD, author of the new book “Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime: How Big Pharma Has Corrupted Healthcare”.

    Virtually Everything We Know About Drugs Is What The Companies Have Chosen To Tell Us

    Virtually everything we know about drugs is what the companies have chosen to tell us and our doctorswrites Prof. Peter Gøtzsche, MD

    “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…

    Drugs are the 3rd Leading Cause of Death

    Drugs are a ‘hugely lethal epidemic’ writes Prof. Peter Gøtzsche, MD

    “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.’”


    Gøtzsche P. Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime: How Big Pharma Has Corrupted Health Care. Article published on-line, 2013 Sep 9; http://www.madinamerica.com/2013/09/deadly-medicines-organised-crime-big-pharma-corrupted-health-care/

    About Peter Gøtzsche, MD

    Professor Peter C. Gøtzsche, Director of the Nordic Cochrane Centre, graduated as a master of science in biology and chemistry in 1974 and as a physician 1984.

    He is a specialist in internal medicine; worked with clinical trials and regulatory affairs in the drug industry 1975-1983, and at hospitals in Copenhagen 1984-95.

    He cofounded The Cochrane Collaboration in 1993 and established The Nordic Cochrane Centre the same year.

    He became professor of Clinical Research Design and Analysis in 2010 at the University of Copenhagen.

    Peter has published more than 50 papers in “the big five” (British Medical Journal, Lancet, Journal of the American Medical Association, Annals of Internal Medicine and New England Journal of Medicine) and his scientific works have been cited over 10,000 times.

    He is author of the books
    “Rational Diagnosis and Treatment. Evidence-Based Clinical Decision-Making” (2007), 
    “Mammography Screening: truth, lies and controversy” (2012), and
    “Deadly medicines and organised crime: How big pharma has corrupted health care” (2013).

    Peter has an interest in statistics and research methodology. He is a member of several groups publishing guidelines for good reporting of research and has co-authored CONSORT for randomised trials, STROBE for observational studies, PRISMA for systematic reviews and meta-analyses, and SPIRIT for trial protocols. Peter is an editor in the Cochrane Methodology Review Group.

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