What Doctors DON’T know about the Drugs they Prescribe

In this TED talk, Ben Goldacre discusses the huge problem of publication bias–the tendency for unflattering research data to go unpublished.

Goldacre compares this problem to flipping a coin 100 times, withholding half of the results, and convincing you that heads was the only result.

He claims that this is happening in research in all fields of medicine and by withholding TRUE research results and publishing only results that show a drug in the desired light, drug companies mislead then public (and doctors).

Goldacre describes this as a “systematic flaw in medicine” where scientific journals are not publishing negative results.

These negative trials could provide an early warning sign for potential trouble ahead, preventing harm to countless patients.

Watch the video to see what you can do to take a stand for scientific integrity.