Ex-New England Journal of Medicine Editor Criticizes Drug Companies

For more than a decade, physician Marcia Angell (pictured at left) served as executive editor and then editor in chief of the New England Journal of Medicine, one of the country's most prestigious medical journals. Under her watch, the journal published hundreds of studies of new drugs. It also published blunt editorials harshly critical of the pharmaceutical industry and the way drugs are tested and approved in the United States.

Angell left the journal's editorship in 2000, and is now a senior lecturer at Harvard Medical School. She has written a scathing critique of the pharmaceutical industry, The Truth About the Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us and What to Do About It (Random House, 2004). In a recent conversation published by the LA Times, she talked about why so many of the drugs on the market are so costly, and also about her contention that many of them are not as effective as they're promoted to be. I highly encourage you to read this important Q and A at the link below. You must register to read the article, but for a way to avoid the painful registration process you can read this past blog entry.

LA Times August 9, 2004

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