We have had too much medicine... for too many years.
For over a decade now I have been campaigning vigorously about the harms of too much medicine. Working closely with the British Medical Journal we achieved some notable milestones, but we have yet to see the changes in legislation that are critical for better patient care and health outcomes.
These companies rack up billion dollar fines like badges of honour, their CEO’s then line up to apologise profusely before returning to the profanity of profit maximisation at a very grave cost to human health.
The numbers are so vast that we cannot quite digest the enormity of what it all means. And that is why I am producing my second my feature length documentary - First Do No Pharm - to show the public exactly how our collective health has been bartered, bought and sold for decades now.
If you’re wondering what we must do collectively and how we should respond individually in an environment pruned of health and primed for profit, this is the movie with the answers.
We are currently in pre production and - subject to finance - plan to start filming here in the home of Big Pharma - the US - in the summer.
This is a movie that would never be commissioned through mainstream media channels so we’re starting at ground zero here and asking you, the public to support the production to keep the message free from any commercial interest or influence.
Please join us in the fight for transparency, accountability and less Pharma influence - here.
Dr Aseem Malhotra (click here to follow me on Twitter)
We can already confirm that First do No Pharm will feature some of the most esteemed voices in the campaign for less medicine and better health, including:
is Professor emeritus of Pediatrics, Division of Endocrinology at theUniversity of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He specializes in the field of neuroendocrinology, with an emphasis on the regulation of energy balance by the central nervous system. His research and clinical practice has focused on childhood obesity and diabetes. Dr. Lustig holds a Bachelor’s in Science from MIT, a Doctorate in Medicine from Cornell University. Medical College, and a Master’s of Studies in Law from U.C. Hastings College of the Law.
is a Professor of Medicine at Stanford University. He is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economics Research, a senior fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, and at the Stanford Freeman Spogli Institute. He holds courtesy appointments as Professor in Economics and in Health Research and Policy.
is author of the book, Sickening: How Big Pharma Broke American HealthCare and How We Can Repair It, and serves on the clinical faculty of Harvard Medical School, where he teaches public health policy. He was an expert witness in the first major pharmaceutical fraud scandal when Merck falsified their own research to bring Vioxx onto the market in 1999. Vioxx killed an estimated 55,000 Americans before it was pulled in 2004.