The Truth About the Drug Companies

The Truth About the Drug Companies

How They Deceive Us and What to Do About It

Book - 2004
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Baker & Taylor
A physician and former editor-in-chief of The New England Journal of Medicine provides an explosive critique of the pharmaceutical industry, detailing its dangerous influence on medical research, education, and physicians; exposing the reasons behind the spiraling prescription drug prices; and proposing a program of vital reforms. 25,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
During her two decades at The New England Journal of Medicine, Dr. Marcia Angell had a front-row seat on the growing corruption of the pharmaceutical industry. She watched drug companies stray from their original mission of discovering and manufacturing useful drugs and instead become vast marketing machines with unprecedented control over their own fortunes. She saw them gain nearly limitless influence over medical research, education, and how doctors do their jobs. She sympathized as the American public, particularly the elderly, struggled with and increasingly failed to keep up with spiraling prescription drug prices. Now, in this new book, Angell exposes the truth of what the pharmaceutical industry has become - and argues for essential, long-overdue change.

Baker
& Taylor

Provides a critique of the pharmaceutical industry, detailing its dangerous influence on medical research, education, and physicians; exposing the reasons behind the prescription drug prices; and proposing a program of vital reforms.

Publisher: New York : Random House, c2004
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780375508462
0375508465
Characteristics: xx, 305 p. ; 25 cm

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rpavlacic
Aug 12, 2015

This was a shocking book. Two well intentioned pieces of legislation that were meant to foster competition and innovation, which should have meant lower drug prices, instead sent them through the stratosphere. Any company that spends way more on advertising than on actual research and development - and more to the point, actually making breakthrough products rather than "me too" reformulations - seriously has its priorities all wrong. The focus should be on patient care, not the benefit of shareholders - and it clearly is not. This is becoming a bigger problem in Canada, where new drugs which have potential life saving effects are breaking the banks of provincial health care plans that buy drugs for seniors and indigents - forcing the normally fiercely independent sub-national jurisdictions to pool their buying power. The author, a former editor of the New England Journal of Medicine, writes this book with gravitas and should be a wake-up call to those who believe in the simple principle that health care should be affordable for everyone and that no one should have to choose between drugs and keeping the lights on.

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ReadRobin
Aug 09, 2015

Looks like an excellent source, and Star Gladiator's comments are usually spot on.

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StarGladiator
Aug 08, 2015

A few years old, but just as timely today as then, probably more so! Never cared for either Morley Safer [60 Minutes either] nor Aaron Brown, so not surprised by what I read in this book about them. Dr. Angell covers all angles with regard to the pharmaceutical companies crafting tests and announcements to fool us!

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Winston4ever
May 18, 2015

Read this and got a lot of information that I did not have. I recommend it to everyone and am about to re-read it myself. I should have this on my bookshelf, and I do, it's at the KCLS, best library around.

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Oct 07, 2010

Rare to get this level of analysis into a serious problem in the US,, and that is corporate greed and political corruption in the lucrative health sector.

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