December 8, 2022


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How Big Pharma Broke American Health Care – John Abramson, MD

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How Big Pharma Broke American Health Care – John Abramson, MD

Dr. John Abramson, M.D
• Book – Sickening

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00:00:43 How The Tail Of The Pharmaceutical Industry Wags The Dog Of American Healthcare
00:20:21 The Transformation Of Medical Knowledge From A Public Good Into A Commodity
00:34:02 96% Of Medical Research In The United States Is About Drugs And Devices
00:43:43 All Doctors In The United States Don’t Know That Peer Reviewers Don’t Show Real Data
01:02:27 Consequences Of The U.S. Drug Policy
01:31:17 Commercial Entities Hire Academic Researchers Who Tend To Share Their Point Of View
01:40:23 The Drug Company’s Pursuit Of Money Is Undermining The Benefit Of Their Therapy

Dr. John Abramson, M.D. is an author and medical doctor and has served as a family physician for over 20 years. His recently release book Sickening How Big Pharma Broke American Health Care and How We Can Repair It. Is about the inside story of how Big Pharma’s relentless pursuit of ever-higher profits corrupts medical knowledge—misleading doctors, misdirecting American health care, and harming our health.

The United States spends an excess $1.5 trillion annually on health care compared to other wealthy countries—yet the amount of time that Americans live in good health ranks a lowly 68th in the world. At the heart of the problem is Big Pharma, which funds most clinical trials and therefore controls the research agenda, withholds the real data from those trials as corporate secrets, and shapes most of the information relied upon by health care professionals.

In this no-holds-barred exposé, Dr. John Abramson—one of the foremost experts on the drug industry’s deceptive tactics—combines patient stories with what he learned during many years of serving as an expert in national drug litigation to reveal the tangled web of financial interests at the heart of the dysfunction in our health-care system. For example, one of pharma’s best-kept secrets is that the peer reviewers charged with ensuring the accuracy and completeness of the clinical trial reports published in medical journals do not even have access to complete data and must rely on manufacturer-influenced summaries. Likewise for the experts who write the clinical practice guidelines that define our standards of care.

The result of years of research and privileged access to the inner workings of the U.S. medical-industrial complex, Sickening shines a light on the dark underbelly of American health care—and presents a path toward genuine reform.

John Abramson MD, He was twice voted “best doctor” in his area by readers of the local newspapers and three times selected by his peers as one of a handful of best family practitioners in Massachusetts. He has been on the faculty at Harvard Medical School for over 15 years, where he has taught primary care and currently teaches health care policy. He currently consults as an expert in litigation involving the pharmaceutical industry and has served as an unpaid consultant to the FBI and Department of Justice.
Dr. Abramson has appeared on more than 65 national television shows, including two appearances on the Today Show, and more recently on the Dr. Oz Show. He was written op-ed pieces in the New York Times LA Times and others. He is the author of the national best-selling book Overdo$ed America.
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