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Blood Feud: The Man Who Blew the Whistle on One of the Deadliest Prescription Drugs Ever Hardcover – September 20, 2011


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Dutton Adult; 1 edition (September 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0525952403
  • ISBN-13: 978-0525952404
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.4 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #894,955 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A page-turner, this alarming chronicle of profit seeking in American medicine will appeal to all who are invested in the health care they receive or the drugs they’re prescribed.” —Library Journal
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Kathleen Sharp is a journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Parade, Elle, and Fortune, among many other publications; she has won six awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, among other honors. She lives in Santa Barbara, California.

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KATHLEEN SHARP is an acclaimed author and award-winning investigative journalist. She is the author of true-life thriller, Blood Feud, The Man Who Blew the Whistle On One of the Deadliest Prescription Drugs Ever, in addition to four acclaimed non-fiction books.

Sharp has written for a variety of magazines. You can find articles by her in The New York Times Magazine, Parade, Elle, Playboy, and Fortune, among many others.

She has also worked in radio and film. Her radio appearances include producing segments for National Public Radio's Morning Edition. She has appeared and consulted on film documentaries for Turner Classic Movies, the Biography Channel, and Bravo.

Sharp has also contributed to several anthologies, including one that was nominated for an Edgar award. Her many awards include a first place prize for investigative reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists; an economic fellowship to study at the Graduate School of Business at the University of Washington; and a health-care fellowship from the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication. An avid runner, Sharp lives in Santa Barbara with her family.

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This was a very informative and interesting book.
bduncan
Her book Blood Feud documents J&J's calculated corporate disregard for the safety of its drug "Procrit", and for the lives of its customers.
Todd Simon
Maybe this book will be a first step in changing the system.
Karl LaFong

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Todd Simon on October 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Kathleen Sharp has managed to expose a criminal fraud by venerable Johnson & Johnson, a scheme ripping off billions of dollars from Medicare (and all of us taxpayers) and leading thousands of patients to early and grisly death. Her book Blood Feud documents J&J's calculated corporate disregard for the safety of its drug "Procrit", and for the lives of its customers. She reveals how J&J gamed the toothless FDA to be able to sell an unproven and dangerous drug at higher and higher doses for unapproved indications.

And she shows us all of this in a breezy style, rich with juicy detail, while taking us on the road with a couple of regular guys, Mark and Dean, two J&J sales reps. They join the firm fired up with the best of intentions, and gradually come to realize that their employer is training them to use methods that they discover are illegal to sell a product that proves lethal. Mark expresses his concern. Complications ensue. Corporate machinations lead to litigation and Mark and Dean's whistle-blowing lawsuit heads to the Supreme Court. It's a great read!

(The book also notes that while the Department of Justice is still on the sidelines, not seeking justice for the Medicare fraud, it is run by Eric Holder, a former partner in the high-powered legal firm defending J&J.)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By TruthDigger on October 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I had feared that this kind of in-depth reporting and riveting storytelling was just about obsolete. Happy then to read this amazing account of heroism and corporate fraud. The storyline about how J&J and Ortho executives "gaslighted" two former sales reps who turned whistleblowers on the companies' greed and fraud, is chilling.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Karl LaFong on October 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The best John Grisham novel you've ever read isn't by John Grisham, and isn't a novel. It's by Kathleen Sharp, and it's called "Blood Feud." All the elements of a great "airport thriller" are here -- the well-meaning good-guy characters who get sucked into a horrible conspiracy to hide the truth, the evil corporate enterprise desperate to inflate the bottom line with a product that is literally killing people, and the questions -- will the truth come out? Will justice triumph? Can it?

With her sharp prose, great eye for detail and talent for crafting the narrative, Kathleen Sharp draws you into the story and leaves you with a sinking feel in the pit of your stomach. This happened. We consumers are virtually defenseless against the Big Pharma juggernaut. Maybe this book will be a first step in changing the system. Let's hope so.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By the deliberate tourist on October 6, 2011
Format: Hardcover
We all see those TV ads touting the latest drug for some disease or condition and assume that the products have been tested and declared safe. Well, Blood Feud will change the way you look at those ads forever. The book is a page-turning read about the development and marketing of a best-selling but dangerous drug, combined with the tragic story of a salesman who gradually figured out the truth and tried to fight a pharmaceutical giant through the courts. In one vivid scene after another, and with a cast of well-drawn characters, Sharp lays bare the scary and costly ramifications of our labyrinthine drug-selling system.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Kathleen Sharp writes like a practiced crime thriller composer. But this fine writer is a journalist and researcher and reporter and serves with this book to give a wakeup call to all of the medical profession and the general populace of the country. Despite the fact that this book is all based on fact and is a true story, BLOOD FEUD will read like a brilliant thriller and at the same time will make you think twice every time you hear or read about a new 'miracle drug' on the market.

The story is now well known thanks to the exposure this book has given to us and to the other reporting that is surfacing. The facts are about how the pharmaceutical giants introduce promising major discovery drugs before they are fully tested by the FDA. It is more a story about the Big Man status of corporate manipulation, placing hasty money and greed before public safety. The drug in question is Procrit, a much anticipated and desperately need blood booster and anti-anemia drug. Once released on the market we learn of the manipulations of a drug rep Mark Duxbury and his relentless drive to make a fortune for his company and himself. Greed goes hand in hand with fraud and the story reveals how illegal actions resulted in a cover-up and ultimately an investigation and resolution to stop the sales of Procrit through the labors of lawyer Jan Schlichtmann who brought the cover-up to the table and helped reduce the threat to our nation's crippled healthcare delivery program.

This is powerful writing of the first order and, not unlike the writings of Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward on Watergate. Read like a novel, but recognize it as a wakeup call to the machinations of the pharmaceutical companies. Grady Harp, January 12
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By The Reader on October 14, 2011
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Having worked in this business I was surprized to see such a straight forward review of the "dirty business" of big time pharmaceuticals (pharma). It was unblieveable that the Federal government has not stepped in to stop this fraud on the tax payers, Medicare system, and the patients! How did they get away with no safety studies?
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