This story was in the papers this week, linking a very commonly used medication with a doubling in stomach cancer risk. A doubling in the risk of anything sounds bad, but what does it mean in reality?
We all know that pharmaceutical companies provide an essential service. They produce all the drugs needed to keep us healthy, and fund a large portion of the research into new therapies.
However, it is also the industry with the highest profit margins, higher than oil and gas, higher even than the banking sector. And an industry doesn’t win that crown without their fair share of underhandedness.