Editor's Choice

The drugs don't work

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7428.0-h (Published 11 December 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:0-h
  1. Richard Smith, editor (rsmith@bmj.com)

    Younger readers of the BMJ, of whom there are many, will be familiar with the Verve's song “The drugs don't work.” It's unclear whether this song, which is sung in a distinctly druggy manner, is referring to legal or illegal drugs or even the drug of love. But a spoof piece on the web claims that: “The world's major pharmaceutical companies are to sue the Verve for loss of earnings and defamation following the release of their single.” Now business has outdone parody, and Allen Rogers, worldwide vice president of genetics at Glaxo SmithKline, is reported on the front page of the …

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