Deadly Psychiatry and Organised Denial

Publication date: September 2015

Deadly Psychiatry and Organised Denial explains in evidence-based detail why the way we currently use psychiatric drugs does far more harm than good. Professor, Doctor of Medical Science, Peter C. Gøtzsche documents that psychiatric drugs kill more than half a million people every year among those aged 65 and above in the United States and Europe. This makes psychiatric drugs the third leading cause of death, after heart disease and cancer. Gøtzsche explains that we could reduce our current usage of psychotropic drugs by 98% and at the same time improve patients' mental and physical health and survival. It can be difficult, however, to come off the drugs, as many people become dependent on them. As the withdrawal symptoms can be severe, long-lasting and even dangerous, slow tapering is usually necessary.

In his book, Gøtzsche debunks the many myths that leading psychiatrists - very often on drug industry payroll - have created and nurtured over decades in order to conceal the fact that biological psychiatry has generally been a failure. Biological psychiatry sees drugs as the "solution" for virtually all problems, in marked contrast to the patients' views. Most patients don't respond to the drugs they receive but, unfortunately, the psychiatrists' frustrations over the lack of progress often lead to more diagnoses, more drugs and higher doses, harming the patients further.

The book is available in the following languages:

Read Chapter 1 here (English and Danish).

Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime

Publication date: September 2013

Professor Peter C Gøtzsche’s book Deadly Medicines and Organised Crime from 2013 won first prize in the “Basis of Medicine” category of the British Medical Association's annual book awards in 2014.

Prescription drugs are the third leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer. In his ground-breaking book, Peter C Gøtzsche exposes the pharmaceutical industries and their charade of fraudulent behaviour, both in research and marketing where the morally repugnant disregard for human lives is the norm. He convincingly draws close comparisons with the tobacco conglomerates, revealing the extraordinary truth behind efforts to confuse and distract the public and their politicians. The book addresses, in evidence-based detail, an extraordinary system failure caused by widespread crime, corruption, bribery and impotent drug regulation in need of radical reforms.

The book is available in the following languages:

Gøtzsche wrote this book to alert people to two terrible facts:

  1. Prescription drugs are the third leading cause of death after heart disease and cancer.
  2. The behaviour of Big Pharma fulfils the criteria for organised crime in US law.

From the Introduction:

The main reason we take so many drugs is that drug companies don't sell drugs, they sell lies about drugs. This is what makes drugs so different from anything else in life ... Virtually everything we know about drugs is what the companies have chosen to tell us and our doctors ... the reason patients trust their medicine is that they extrapolate the trust they have in their doctors into the medicines they prescribe. The patients don't realise that, although their doctors may know a lot about diseases and human physiology and psychology, they know very, very little about drugs that hasn't been carefully concocted and dressed up by the drug industry … If you don't think the system is out of control, then please email me and explain why drugs are the third leading cause of death … If such a hugely lethal epidemic had been caused by a new bacterium or a virus, or even one hundredth of it, we would have done everything we could to get it under control.​

Gøtzsche exposes in his book the pharmaceutical industries and their charade of fraudulent behavior, both in research and marketing where the morally repugnant disregard for human lives is the norm. In this way, there is little difference to the tobacco conglomerates, which also succeeded to confuse and distract the public and their politicians for decades. The book addresses, in evidence-based detail with more than 900 references, an extraordinary system failure caused by widespread crime, corruption, bribery and impotent drug regulation in need of radical reforms. Gøtzsche suggest a number of such reforms and also what the patients can do under the current system to protect themselves against ineffective and lethal drugs.