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Big Pharma Controls ‘Medical Knowledge” to Favor Its Products

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Dr. Sergio Sismondo

Author Dr. Sergio Sismondo

by Vera Sharav, Alliance for Human Research Protection

“Ghost managed research does not merely shape academic cultures and the knowledge they produce but makes them unnecessary except to provide authority…Ghost-managed “science” has been crafted to help sell drugs”.

Ghost-Managed Medicine:Big Pharma’s Invisible Hands by Dr. Sergio Sismondo is a detailed study of how the pharmaceutical industry has taken control over “medical knowledge” to secure and sustain the market for its products. Other authors who have focused on the corrupted science of a specific drug, class of drugs, a vaccine, or a device, left the impression that the problem involved a few “bad apples”.  Dr. Sismondo examines the industry-wide modus operandi that enabled Pharma to capture and control the science, and by extension, to control he practice of medicine.

In the chapter that describes Purdue’s marketing of OxyContin, he emphasizes that this case is not unique, but rather, “an extended example that includes almost all of the elements of the rest of this book.

“For the most part, it is a very ordinary tale of drug marketing, except for the inherent dangers of the particular drugs and the scale of the disaster they created. The number of drug overdose deaths in the US and Canada has been increasing by approximately 20% per year since the year 2000.45 In that period, more than 200,000 North Americans have died from prescription opioids.46 Prescription opioid abuse has cost the affected economies billions of dollars.”

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