The Bottom Line
- Revelations about health care in America.
- Spotlights the influence of the pharmaceutical industry on health care decisions.
- Addresses why critical information is left out of the most trusted medical journals.
- Written by John Abramson, M.D., a prominent doctor and faculty member at Harvard Medical School.
- Leaves you wanting to talk to your doctor.
- Is all direct-to-consumer advertising just propaganda? Is any educational?
- Is doctor-patient communication harmed by pharmaceutical marketing tactics?
- Are patients and doctors just victims of the drug industry?
- Stimulates awareness of drug industry problems.
- Encourages patients to be responsible about their own health care.
- A must-read for doctors and patients.
- Is American medicine on the wrong track? You decide.
- Presents a case for what causes health care costs to soar.
- Explanations are clearly written, and not over the head of health care consumers (patients).
- I came away from the book feeling good about the relationships I have with my doctors. Will you?
- After reading, you may feel unsettled, wondering if the trust you put in your doctor is misplaced.
- You are in control. If you react to a drug advertisement, you knowingly are reacting to hype.
- A look at VIGOR (Vioxx) and CLASS (Celebrex) trials let's you in on what wasn't disclosed.
Guide Review - Overdosed America
Dr. Abramson's book is not vague about what it points to as conflicts of interest in the health care industry. For example:
A dark side associated with the pharmaceutical industry is now exposed. Yet, there is also a bright side. Drugs have been developed and will continue to be developed which make a remarkable difference in the quality of life of people who live with serious illnesses (e.g. TNF blockers for rheumatoid arthritis). No one is suggesting that be overlooked. Dr. Abramson wants integrity and responsiblity to return to health care.