Bad Pharma?


#1
I have just started reading this book by Ben Goldacre and wondered what you people make of it. Also (obviously) now have questions like is PUK sponsored by pharmaceutical companies? Is all your research independent. Do you publish all your trials? I am hoping for reassurance here...

WARNING! Scary book not for the faint hearted... but! I think all doctors should read it.

#2
Hi Parkwife,

The person who can answer your question is away today. I've passed this on to her and asked her to get back to you when she returns tomorrow.

We'll get back to you shortly.

Ezinda

#3
Hi Parkwife,

Thank you for your post.

I'm afraid I haven't read Bad Pharma, so I can't comment on the content of the book - it's on my list, especially after being flagged up here.

In answer to your questions:

You can find out more about support we receive from pharmaceutical companies at the bottom of the 'About Us' page on our website: http://www.parkinsons.org.uk/about-us/what-we-do.aspx

We don't actually carry out research studies ourselves - we provide funding to researchers who are experts in their fields, working in universities and hospitals around the UK (and beyond). To ensure we only fund the best quality research, all our grants are reviewed through the same independent and transparent process, which is explained here: http://bit.ly/WviiVb

We expect our researchers to share their findings in high-quality, peer-reviewed journals. In fact, we believe the best way to share research findings is through free, unrestricted online access. You can read our policy on open access publishing here:
http://bit.ly/HNgZt2

I hope this puts your mind at rest about our research.

Best wishes

Katie
Research Communications Officer