Views & Reviews From the Frontline

Big pharma and big medicine in big trouble

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f6900 (Published 15 November 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6900
  1. Des Spence, general practitioner, Glasgow
  1. destwo{at}yahoo.co.uk

Peter Gøtzsche, chief of the Nordic Cochrane Center in Copenhagen, is a tough guy, happy to push over the apple cart of perceived wisdom right in front of the vendors, wearing an expression that seems to cry out, “Come and get me if you think you’re hard enough.” Like a Nordic police investigator, in his new book Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime: How Big Pharma Has Corrupted Healthcare he systematically sets out the case against the drug industry.

It’s a classic courtroom drama, with lies and corruption on a truly …

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