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There is an epidemic of misinformed doctors and misinformed patients notes Dr. Aseem Malhotra
Thursday, July 28, 2016 8:15 am Email this article
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.
Dr. Malhotra launching the campaign
Dr. Malhotra, who is launching the campaign in a personal capacity, is a trustee of the King’s Fund health think tank, a member of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and advisor to the National Obesity Forum the article notes.
The six experts warning about too much medicine does more harm than good
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.
Hodgekiss A, and Spencer B. How Big Pharma greed is killing tens of thousands around the world: Patients are over-medicated and often given profitable drugs with ‘little proven benefits,’ leading doctors warn. The Daily Mail, 2016 Feb 23.
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