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The Truth About the Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us and What to Do About It - Marcia Angell
The Truth About the Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us and What to Do About It
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During her two decades at The New England Journal of Medicine, Dr. Marcia Angell had a front-row seat on the appalling spectacle of the pharmaceutical industry. She watched drug companies stray from their original mission of discovering and manufacturing useful drugs and instead become vast... show more
During her two decades at The New England Journal of Medicine, Dr. Marcia Angell had a front-row seat on the appalling spectacle 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 and increasingly failed to meet spiraling prescription drug prices. Now, in this bold, hard-hitting new book, Dr. Angell exposes the shocking truth of what the pharmaceutical industry has become–and argues for essential, long-overdue change.Currently Americans spend a staggering $200 billion each year on prescription drugs. As Dr. Angell powerfully demonstrates, claims that high drug prices are necessary to fund research and development are unfounded: The truth is that drug companies funnel the bulk of their resources into the marketing of products of dubious benefit. Meanwhile, as profits soar, the companies brazenly use their wealth and power to push their agenda through Congress, the FDA, and academic medical centers.Zeroing in on hugely successful drugs like AZT (the first drug to treat HIV/AIDS), Taxol (the best-selling cancer drug in history), and the blockbuster allergy drug Claritin, Dr. Angell demonstrates exactly how new products are brought to market. Drug companies, she shows, routinely rely on publicly funded institutions for their basic research; they rig clinical trials to make their products look better than they are; and they use their legions of lawyers to stretch out government-granted exclusive marketing rights for years. They also flood the market with copycat drugs that cost a lot more than the drugs they mimic but are no more effective.The American pharmaceutical industry needs to be saved, mainly from itself, and Dr. Angell proposes a program of vital reforms, which includes restoring impartiality to clinical research and severing the ties between drug companies and medical education. Written with fierce passion and substantiated with in-depth research, The Truth About the Drug Companies is a searing indictment of an industry that has spun out of control.From the Hardcover edition.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780375760945 (0375760946)
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Pages no: 319
Edition language: English
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bestwineforlast
bestwineforlast rated it
5.0 The Truth About the Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us and What to Do About It
I found this book fascinating, written by a very credible author who has had decades of experience with the industry. I have the entire book paperclipped to mark pages to refer to for later reference. This book is incredibly eye-opening, and in places, jaw dropping about how corrupt big pharma is an...
Books and the Readers who read them
Books and the Readers who read them rated it
4.0 The Truth About the Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us and What to Do About It
I don't even know what possessed me to read this. I don't have to read it for review or anything, it just looked interesting. Short but packed with information that I did not know about big Pharma and the drugs we put in our bodies--and more to the point how they get there. Very, very interesting.
Kyahgirl
Kyahgirl rated it
Hmm, what to say. My husband and I watched a documentary recently about the prescription drug industry in Canada. Marcia Angell was one of the experts they interviewed and I wanted to read more of her opinions. Of course, this book is very USA-centered because that is where Dr. Angell lives, works...
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4.0 The Truth About the Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us and What to Do About It
One pill makes you largerAnd one pill makes you smallAnd the ones that mother gives youDon't do anything at allIt’s pretty easy to imagine the millions of dollars pharma companies spend on the advertisements we watch on television, hear on the radio, see on the Internet, in magazines, newspapers, an...
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