TOO MANY PILLS – How too much medicine is endangering our health and what we can do about it.
Dr. James le Fannu.
James le Fannu shows how with only the profit motif in mind, the pharmaceutical industry has set out to convert as many as possible fit people into patients of the NHS thereby selling more of their drugs. Rather than an industry motivated by making sick people fit again it is now developing means by which drug sales can be substantially increased by finding ways to prescribe to people who are well.
He demonstrates how the pharmaceutical industry has become little more than just a huge money making machine.
This book should be mandatory reading for every NHS patient, every potential patient, all student doctors and General Practitioners not forgetting the Secretary of State for Health in the U.K. He quotes cases of over prescribing of drugs designed to control blood pressure let alone heart disease and diabetes. Just reading his exposé made my blood pressure rise! Consider what this outrageous practice is costing the NHS in the U.K. not to mention health services in other countries. He outlines the rise and cause of iatrogenic disease.
He explains in graphic terms the QOF (Quality Outcome Framework) system introduced into the NHS by the Blair Government and costing the NHS £millions while also being seen by G.Ps. as a wonderful way to augment their practice’s income as well as that of the pharmaceutical industry without benefiting patients to any degree at all. As a result he says that good doctors are now practising bad medicine.
Finally James le Fannu turns his attention to the treatment of the elderly whom he feels are being treated appallingly. Drug induced illness and hospital admissions have risen sharply. He cites instances of serious over-prescribing of a cocktail of drugs where in some cases, there is a serious interaction resulting in the patient being admitted to hospital as an emergency. The excessive lowering of cholesterol levels in the elderly can have very serious consequences; of all emergency admissions of the over 70s due to drug interaction, 10% are proving fatal. This is another example of iatrogenic disease.
James Le Fannu is a brave man to reveal all that he has in this book as he must now be the number one enemy of the pharmaceutical industry. This is an excellent exposé which should be read by everyone.