Pharma: Greed, Lies, and the Poisoning of America Audiobook, by Gerald Posner Play Audiobook Sample

Pharma: Greed, Lies, and the Poisoning of America Audiobook

Pharma: Greed, Lies, and the Poisoning of America Audiobook, by Gerald Posner Play Audiobook Sample
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Read By: Jacques Roy Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 15.33 hours at 1.5x Speed 11.50 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: March 2020 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781797101729

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Award-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author Gerald Posner traces the heroes and villains of the trillion-dollar-a-year pharmaceutical industry and uncovers how those once entrusted with improving life have often betrayed that ideal to corruption and reckless profiteering—with deadly consequences.

Pharmaceutical breakthroughs such as anti­biotics and vaccines rank among some of the greatest advancements in human history. Yet exorbitant prices for life-saving drugs, safety recalls affecting tens of millions of Americans, and soaring rates of addiction and overdose on pre­scription opioids have caused many to lose faith in drug companies. Now, Americans are demanding a national reckoning with a monolithic industry.

Pharma introduces brilliant scientists, in-corruptible government regulators, and brave whistleblowers facing off against company exec­utives often blinded by greed. A business that profits from treating ills can create far deadlier problems than it cures. Addictive products are part of the industry’s DNA, from the days when corner drugstores sold morphine, heroin, and cocaine, to the past two decades of dangerously overprescribed opioids.

Pharma also uncovers the real story of the Sacklers, the family that became one of America’s wealthiest from the success of OxyContin, their blockbuster narcotic painkiller at the center of the opioid crisis. Relying on thousands of pages of government and corporate archives, dozens of hours of interviews with insiders, and previously classified FBI files, Posner exposes the secrets of the Sacklers’ rise to power—revelations that have long been buried under a byzantine web of interlocking companies with ever-changing names and hidden owners. The unexpected twists and turns of the Sackler family saga are told against the startling chronicle of a powerful industry that sits at the intersection of public health and profits. Pharma reveals how and why American drug com­panies have put earnings ahead of patients.

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“I could not put down Gerald Posner’s Pharma, the definitive story of how one family, the Sacklers, set out to get exquisitely rich on the back of unsuspecting Americans—then blamed the so-called ‘abusers’ instead of their own highly addictive drug. Posner has unearthed important new material that illuminates our national tragedy, crafting a meticulously reported page-turner that is as juicy as it is clear-eyed.”

— Beth Macy, New York Times bestselling author of Dopesick 


  • “Posner has created a medical leviathan for our times.”

    — Literary Hub
  • “Of nightmare germs, sleazy dealings, and the big money that fuels the (legal) drug trade. Investigative journalist Posner writes…a shocking, rousing condemnation of an industry clearly in need of better policing.”

    — Kirkus Reviews

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About Gerald Posner

Gerald Posner, a former Wall Street lawyer, is currently the chief investigative reporter for the Daily Beast. He is the author of the Pulitzer Prize finalist Case Closed, a critically acclaimed reexamination of the JFK assassination. His other books include Warlords of Crime, a 1988 exposé of the heroin trade, and Hitler’s Children, a 1991 collection of interviews with the children of Nazi leaders. Mr. Posner’s articles have appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers, including the New York Times, New Yorker, and US News & World Report. He lives in New York City and is married to author Trisha Posner.

About Jacques Roy

Jacques Roy is a audio narrator and actor, known for The Lower Angels and Room and Board.