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Using the examples of Vioxx, Celebrex, cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, and anti-depressants, Overdosed America shows that at the heart of the current crisis in American medicine lies the commercialization of medical knowledge itself.

Drawing on his background in statistics, epidemiology, and health policy, John Abramson, M.D., reveals the ways in which the drug companies have misrepresented statistical evidence, misled doctors, and compromised our health. The good news is that the best scientific evidence shows that reclaiming responsibility for your own health is often far more effective than taking the latest blockbuster drug.

You—and your doctor—will be stunned by this unflinching exposé of American medicine.

Professional & Technical
March 5
Harper Perennial

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Must-read for anyone who care about health

Still flabbergasted from this book I finished a week ago, "OVERDO$ED AMERICA" by John Abramson, M.D., a family doctor and clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School. He brilliantly debunks the myth of excellence in American health care, subverted by the commercialization of medicine, pharmaceutical companies, and seemingly illegal, yet legal financial ties among the drug industry, FDA, academic experts, prominent medical journals and NIH. How absurd is it that although we spend more on health care than other industrialized countries, the overall health of Americans have declined since 1960. U.S. is the only industrialized country without universal health care for its citizens, which hopefully will change with the full implementation of ACA in January. Some facts that shocked me are 1) drug companies lure doctors with "educational" dinners, weekends in the luxury resorts, sporting events, and golf and ski outings to get them prescribe more expensive brand-name drugs, even when cheaper drugs are more effective. 2) Drug companies purchase from local pharmacies individual doctors' prescribing information so they know exactly what doctors prescribe, and measure their influence on doctors. 3) More than half of the budget of FDA's division that reviews new drug applications and writes clinical guidelines to define good medical care are funded by the drug companies, whose drugs are being evaluated. Abramson calls for restoration of the integrity of medical science, exhorts readers to claim a lifestyle of regular exercise, a healthier diet, and no smoking, and think critically about what our individual health needs and goals are versus what the drug companies tell us we need. Health care professionals or not, anyone who deals with the American health care system should pick up this book.