Big Pharma Bashing Documentary And Discussion Panel 6pm Tonight

June 5th, 2007 by Ben Goldacre in bad science, big pharma, onanism | 14 Comments »

I’m doing a discussion panel after this film on the evils of big pharma tonight, Tuesday, 6pm in Bloomsbury, London, as part of the Declaration of Independence Film Festival.
June the 5th
18:00 – Screening and panel discussion about the documentary We’ll Take Care of You
We’ll Take Care of You is a savage indictment of drug companies, and their methods of doing business. Serious questions are raised about their promotional tactics and their undue influence over doctors and over the regulatory bodies charged with protecting the public. In a special screening and panel discussion, doctor and journalist Ben Goldacre, author of the Guardian’s Bad Science column, will lead a panel of medical professionals in addressing the issues raised in the film, and their implications for the British public.
Where: Horse Hospital – 30 Colonnade, London, WC1N 1JD – 020 78333644

The film website is here:

and the venue is here.

The film looks extremely good. Sadly my mighty 16,000 word opus on the evils of big pharma is pretty much at the printers, otherwise I’m sure I would be stealing some of their ideas.

If you like what I do, and you want me to do more, you can: buy my books Bad Science and Bad Pharma, give them to your friends, put them on your reading list, employ me to do a talk, or tweet this article to your friends. Thanks! ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

14 Responses

  1. Fralen said,

    June 5, 2007 at 10:54 am

    No, hang on, according to this bloke he’s paid by the mobile phone companies to do their evil works.

  2. Fralen said,

    June 5, 2007 at 10:54 am

    looks like he’s in the pay of the drug dealers too.

  3. JohnK said,

    June 5, 2007 at 10:57 am

    Whatever next, the Powerwatch guy listening to FM radio?

  4. Delectio said,

    June 5, 2007 at 11:45 am

    Naughty Goldacre: definitely in the pay of the statisticians:

  5. Fralen said,

    June 5, 2007 at 12:06 pm

    And remember how he attacked the anti-paedophile computer program? Who paid him for that? The paedophiles no doubt.

  6. stever said,

    June 5, 2007 at 1:44 pm

    he drives around in a gold rolls royce. Ive seen it.

  7. cat said,

    June 5, 2007 at 2:38 pm

    Rolling in ill-gotten cash and Rolls Royces, and he won’t shell out for a poxy laptop. Shame.

  8. Fralen said,

    June 5, 2007 at 4:35 pm

    Who paid him to go for that fairy-liquid-pedalling MRSA quack who got positive results for every tabloid swab sent to him? Surely they could have sorted him out with a proper web designer.

  9. Camp Freddie said,

    June 5, 2007 at 4:44 pm

    He really should start getting in bed with those pill-pushers. He can promote evil Wi-Fi to give everyone headaches then promote pills to fit them.
    He’s obviously just too caught up in manic evil laughter to develop a coordinated world-dominance strategy.

    Turn that Gold Rolls Royce into a Platinum-coated LearJet!

  10. Jut said,

    June 5, 2007 at 6:37 pm

    look’s like the truth is comming out about our ben :p

  11. Jan said,

    June 5, 2007 at 8:50 pm

    In the 1960s drug companies used straight marketing methods:

    “Alka-Seltzer invents a new disease … you know we wouldn’t have invented a disease unless we had something to take for it.”

  12. Ben Goldacre said,

    June 6, 2007 at 5:27 pm

    Just out of curiosity, from my perspective in a major university where drugs are developed on a non-profit basis primarily using government money, but also clinically tested in cooperation with The Evil Pharmas, what system do you all propose to make sure that new, improved, cutting-edge medications are developed and deployed?

    i’m just in the very early processes of knocking up an essay collection on this very subject with various people.

  13. Robert Carnegie said,

    June 8, 2007 at 2:43 am

    Do you never see courteous and civilised indictments any more?

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