Views & Reviews From the Frontline

The bitterest pill

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39405.487002.59 (Published 22 November 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:1098
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}yahoo.co.uk

    In 2004 I attended a parliamentary subcommittee meeting and sat with stars of the medical firmament such as Andrew Hexheimer, David Healy, and Ike Iheanacho. I was there simply as an honest witness to the excesses I had seen and to express support for the No Free Lunch group (www.nofreelunch-uk.org). I was a mere pimple on an ailing and delirious drug industry being dragged down by a virulent infection called marketing.

    After all its high living, huge profits, and dancing provocatively on the tops of stock market …

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