Science Weekly Extra: An extended interview with Ben Goldacre on Bad Pharma
In Science Extra this week we bring you Alok Jha's extended interview with science writer, broadcaster, doctor and academic Ben Goldacre.
His new book Bad Pharma is a forensic investigation into how the pharmaceutical industry – which invests millions in the high-stakes process of drug development and clinical trials – ensures its products reach the market.
Goldacre discusses the central thesis of Bad Pharma, that drug development and evidence-based medical research are not working for the benefit of patients and may even be endangering lives.
Goldacre also explains why he thinks there is a need for more transparency in the patient-doctor relationship and why science journals and regulatory authorities need to rethink the evidence threshold and seek full and open disclosure of both positive and negative drug trials.
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