Is big pharma corrupt with John Abramson

Today on the podcast, Paul talks with John Abramson, American physician, lecturer at Harvard, and author of the books, Overdosed America: The Broken Promise of American Medicine and Sickening: How Big Pharma Broke American Health Care and How We Can Repair It. They have the important conversation about the problems with profit-driven pharmaceutical companies, conflicts of interest in the medical world, and how changing medical education and the system at large is integral for a patient-focused path forward.

Time Stamps:

00:09:57 Podcast begins 

00:10:58 John’s backstory as a physician

00:17:40 The inner workings of pharmaceutical companies

00:28:00 John’s experience with the FBI

00:29:30 Details on the Vioxx case

00:37:35 Directed consumer marketing of pharmaceuticals

00:44:10 Details about the most recent Vioxx trial 

00:46:10 Conflicts of interest in the medical world and thoughts on Statins

00:51:30 The Diabetes Prevention Program

00:59:45 Pharmaceutical companies’ spending

01:10:10 What is the way forward and how can we change medical education?

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