The Truth about Drugs A-Z

  • 10 Apr 2007
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There are a number of good websites that give you the low down on pharmaceutical drugs. These are the ones we’ve found most helpful. If you’d like to find out more about a specific drug simply enter the drug name in the ‘search’ box for these sites.

Center for Medical Consumers

www.medicalconsumers.org
Information on drugs and treatment with an American focus.

WorstPills.org

www.worstpills.org
A division of Public Citizen, this has detailed accounts of problem drugs but its nutritional information is basic. US based.

Health Care Renewal

hcrenewal.blogspot.com
A searchable blog with a range of postings on drug critiques.

Healthy Skepticism Inc

http://www.healthyskepticism.org
‘Countering misleading drug promotion’. A little difficult to find your way around, but a site with much drug company information. Provides links to recommended websites in the UK, Canada, USA, Australia, France, Pakistan and Malaysia.

The International Network of Cholesterol Skeptics

www.thincs.org/index.htm
As it says, campaigners who don’t believe in the cholesterol and heart attack link. A lot of good material with links to articles from around the world.

Medical Veritas

www.vaccineveritas.com/pages/6/index.htm
‘The Journal of Medical Truth’, this is a heavyweight website focused on vaccines but covering other material as well.

Therapeutic Initiative

www.ti.ubc.ca

  • ‘Evidence based drug therapy’ from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. A source of carefully researched and independent reports.
  • These are the books we recommend for more information on the pharmaceuticals industry and drugs
  • Abramson, John, Overdosed America: The Broken Promise of American Medicine.  How pharmaceutical companies distort medical knowledge, mislead doctors and compromise your health, Harper Perennial, 2005
  • Angell, Marcia, The Truth About the Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us and What to Do about It, Random House, 2004
  • Deyo, Richard and Donald Patrick, Hope or Hype – The Obsession with Medical Advances and the High Cost of False Promises, Amacom, 2005
  • Healy, David, Let Them Eat Prozac, New York University Press, 2004
  • Kassirer, Jerome P., On the Take: How Medicine’s Complicity with Big Business Can Endanger Your Health, Oxford University Press, 2005
  • Law, Jacky, Big Pharma: How the World’s Biggest Drug Companies Market Illness, Constable & Robinson, 2006
  • Medawar, C. and A. Hardon, Medicines Out of Control? Antidepressants and the Conspiracy of Goodwill, Askant, 2004. Available from http://www.socialaudit.org.uk/ 60403162.htm
  • Moynihan, Ray and Alan Cassels, Selling Sickness: How Drug Companies Are Turning Us All into Patients, Allen & Unwin, 2005
  • Servan-Schreiber, David, Healing without Freud or Prozac: Natural Approaches to Curing Stress, Anxiety and Depression Without Drugs, Rodale International Ltd, 2004
  • Walker, Martin J., Dirty Medicine, Slingshot Publications, 1993
  • Walker, Martin J., and Robert Schweizer, HRT Licensed to Kill and Maim: The Unheard Voices of Women Damaged by Hormone Replacement Therapy, Slingshot Publications, 2006
  • Walker, Martin J., ‘The Brave New World of Zero Risk: Covert Strategies in British Science Policy’, downloadable from http://www.zero-risk.org
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