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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (306 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Marcia Angell Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: Books on Tape Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2007 ISBN:
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In this explosive expose of the drug companies and how they are ripping us off, Marcia Angell, M.D., a doctor, medical journalist, and a former editor of the respected New England Journal of Medicine, reveals the many ways in which the pharmaceutical industry has moved away from its original purpose of finding and producing useful new drugs.

Now primarily a marketing machine that produces drugs of questionable benefit, the industry uses its wealth and power to co-opt such institutions as the U.S. Congress, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), academic medical centers, as well as the medical profession. In spite of a lack of innovative drugs and continuously growing prices, the drug companies invest most of their time and money in marketing, legal maneuvers to extend patient rights, and government lobbying to prevent price regulation.

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Greg Walker | 2/5/2014

    " I had to read this for a class... I am about 30 pages into it and the biases of the author are already overwhelming. Unless you are a big government loving, business-hating liberal, this book is not for you. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Iga | 12/20/2013

    " Almost too easy to read, at times a little naive, but gets at the heart of the truth... Big Pharma is screwing us. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Muris | 10/7/2013

    " The great piece of evidence! The only thing I didn't like is a little bit too much of the repeating. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 9/25/2013

    " I knew these companies were screwing us, but now I know how they do it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 James Perkins | 9/4/2013

    " Nobody who reads this book will want to take a pill ever again. Dr Angell exposes the modern legal drugs trade for what it is, so deeply rooted in profit lust and political corruption, it's got nothing to do with curing disease and everything to do with making truckloads of money. Drug companies cry poor, yet they charge exorbitant prices for their products, drag out their patent rights as long as possible, and prevent the medicine being distributed more cheaply in poorer countries that desperately need it - all while they make even higher record profits every year. They spend a lot of time developing nearly identical drugs for trivial conditions like colds (because they can sell a lot), but hardly ever produce treatments for rare disorders, on which they might only break even. Despite claiming that they need to charge high prices to conduct research, they do almost none, instead piggy-backing on taxpayer-funded universities and research organizations, so their research is basically free. They pay doctors with "educational" seminars in exotic locations and provide them with misinformation so the medicos choose their drugs every time and even prescribe them for illnesses for which they were not designed, and on which they have minimal effect. Although I have been wary of the drugs trade for many years, this was the book that provided me with the evidence to back up my suspicions. Read it and be informed: despite being a few years old, and American in focus, it's still applicable around the world today - you will understand much better how you get your medicine and make better choices. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara | 1/9/2013

    " The subject matter was mostly familiar to me. However, I did learn some things. Dr. Angell explains the issues clearly and offers solutions. Although published in the early to mid-2000s, is it still current. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Scott | 12/28/2012

    " This was fairly good from a policy point of view, though I didn't really learn a whole lot from it that was new. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brock | 10/25/2012

    " This is one of the best books I've read in a while. I wouldn't necessarily recommend it to people who don't have significant interaction with medications (like doctors), but I would say that it is a MUST READ for all those who are doctors or in medical school. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen Johnson | 10/22/2012

    " This book is a true eye opener about the corruption of the pharmaceutical industry. Jaw dropping at times, it sure does shed some light on America's medicine and the drug company money that the government is protecting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elizabeth | 7/17/2012

    " This book is very well researched and organized. Marcia Angell knows the subject inside and out. Maybe her next book will tell us which drugs are really just a marketing scam. Everyone should read this book to understand how corrupt the drug industry is. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 5/13/2012

    " I read it for my health law paper and it scared me to death. So if you're into reading about why prescription drug companies are crazy/scary/manipulative/dangerous gazillionaires, knock yourself out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erik | 3/26/2012

    " Should be required reading for anyone in medical school. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 3/4/2011

    " Interesting book on how drug companies make a profit using the governement as their financial backers. Also, the conflict of interest between drug companies, doctors, and their patients. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jessica | 9/23/2010

    " If I could give it no stars, I would. What a rag. Worthy of something by Hannity or Coulter, with convenient Republican-esque "fact-finding." Ironic that it's supposed to be leftist. Any liberal, avid reader who knows an ounce about this industry will have a good, but annoyed, laugh. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Court | 12/24/2009

    " Awfully slanted, but still compelling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matt | 10/7/2009

    " A MUST READ!! Unlike most documentaries, expose's and the like, this book identifies the drug industries problems and make good suggestions about what to do about them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Court | 9/8/2009

    " Awfully slanted, but still compelling. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brock | 7/12/2009

    " This is one of the best books I've read in a while. I wouldn't necessarily recommend it to people who don't have significant interaction with medications (like doctors), but I would say that it is a MUST READ for all those who are doctors or in medical school. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Iga | 5/24/2008

    " Almost too easy to read, at times a little naive, but gets at the heart of the truth... Big Pharma is screwing us. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kathleen | 3/27/2008

    " I read it for my health law paper and it scared me to death. So if you're into reading about why prescription drug companies are crazy/scary/manipulative/dangerous gazillionaires, knock yourself out. "

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