From Publishers Weekly
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“Readers who assume that the trials only occur at academic medical centers will be surprised by the author’s findings. As they multiply and grow wildly expensive―up to $500 million for a single drug―pharmaceutical companies are hiring clinical-research organizations, profit-making enterprises that recruit subjects, pay them and perform studies in their own facilities. These organizations continue to migrate overseas to save money and escape FDA oversight… [O’Meara] does a capable job of revealing alarming problems that must be addressed.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“Chasing Medical Miracles tells the truth about the byzantine world of clinical trials. O'Meara exposes the ethics of medical research both in the U.S. and abroad. Essential reading for anyone who wants to understand how new medicines are developed.” ―Joe Graedon, M.S., and Teresa Graedon, Ph.D., authors of The People's Pharmacy
“This travelogue of ‘the most dangerous part of medical discovery' moves from O'Meara's own experience as a research subject--ranging from terror to euphoria--to a broader exploration of the ethics and economics of clinical trials. He describes a landscape populated by brave and often desperate patients, whose heroism is integral to finding tomorrow's cures.” ―Robin Marantz Henig, author of Pandora's Baby: How the First Test Tube Babies Sparked the Reproductive Revolution
“In the ethically murky world of clinical trials, Alex O'Meara's book is an illumination. Whether probing the use of Third World people to test U.S. drugs, or revealing that the goal of clinical trials is not to cure anyone but to obtain data, Chasing Medical Miracles is educational in a valuable and troubling way.” ―Stephen P. Kiernan, author of Last Rights: Rescuing the End of Life from the Medical System