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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Truth About the Drug Companies

Marcia Angell is an American physician, author, and the first woman to serve as editor-in-chief of the New England Journal of Medicine. She is currently a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts.

Listen to her alarming discussion - for a short version - jump straight to 35 minutes. http://youtu.be/U0AI9rOi-9c

"And they [pharmaceutical companies] do the research, they write the papers and textbooks, they teach the medical students, they provide the continuing medical education to physicians. ... The medical profession has largely abdicated it's responsibility to educate it's own."

"If you have a genuinely important drug ... a genuinely breakthrough drug ... you don't have to advertise it on the nightly news every night."

"When they compare exercise and diet with drugs ... the exercise and diet blows away the drugs."

Her tips:
  • Take as few drugs as possible - dangers of polypharmacy
  • Avoid new drugs - seldom tested in older people
  • Remember importance of lifestyle choices
  • Ignore drug advertising - push mute button!
  • Beware of internet information

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