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What Doctors don’t know about the Drugs they Prescribe



What doctors don’t know about the drugs they prescribe

We often assume that if something has been published in a peer-reviewed medical journal, then it is good, solid science. But if you believe that, Ben Goldacre might just turn that assumption on its head for you.

In his own words Goldacre, “unpacks dodgy scientific claims made by scaremongering journalists, dubious government reports, pharmaceutical corporations, PR companies and quacks.”

Ed Lake of The Daily Telegraph says, “there aren’t many out-and-out good eggs in British journalism but Ben Goldacre is one of them.”

With a bio like that, it is easy to see how Goldacre could make some enemies in high places. That’s exactly what he has done with his TED Talk on the types of studies that tend to get published in medical journals, and how this process of selection is actually very bad science.

Goldacre lectured for TEDMED, arguing persuasively that when a new drug gets tested, the results of the trials should be published for the rest of the medical world. The only problem, he explains, is that much of the time, negative or inconclusive findings go unreported, leaving doctors and researchers in the dark.

In his impassioned talk, Goldacre explains why these unreported instances of negative data are especially misleading and dangerous.

If you love science take just a few minutes and sign the petition at

ALL Trials argues that… “all trials” should be published. Pretty self-explanatory, right?

If a researcher deliberately removed data from a trial, it would be called misconduct. Yet somehow it is acceptable to perform ten trials and only publish one. Please help send a message that this is NOT acceptable, and should NOT pass for science.

Watch the TED Talk in the video below and share with anyone who you think might need to see this…

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