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Our Daily Meds: How the Pharmaceutical Companies Transformed Themselves into Slick Marketing Machines and Hooked the Nation on Prescription Drugs Hardcover – March 18, 2008
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"Everyone talks about health care, but few ask why we're so sick to begin with. Melody Petersen's book goes a long way toward explaining that the people who came up with the 'cures' are actually the problem." Bill Maher, Real Time
"A devastating, often shocking, critique of a once proud industry that has been converted by corporate greed into a vast marketing machine that is often a menace to health. Petersen supports her indictment with an abundance of fascinating detail and human interest stories. An excellent contribution to the growing demand for better regulation of an industry that has grown way too powerful and heedless of the interests of its customers." Marcia Angell, M. D., Senior Lecturer in Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School and Arnold S. Relman, M. D., Prof. Emeritus of Medicine and of Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School
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Petersen has chosen an enormous subject, the debased fall and ugly spectacle of medical scientists and researchers, the entire pharmaceutical industry, and yes, most if not all of our physicians failing in their duties to their patients in order to grab another hundred bucks or so in bribes. I was shocked, angry, enraged and finally repelled by what I read, in that order, but was also grateful to Petersen's compulsively easy-to-read style that allowed me to truly understand what I was reading.
Between this expose, and Gary Taubes' clear and concise outline (in Good Calories, Bad Calories) of how the public has been mislead and lied to about cholesterol, our diets, heart disease and statins - I'm ready to throw 'the book' at the entire complex, hold Senate Hearings, throw people in jail, and start medicine from scratch. Which might not be such a bad idea, because after reading this book I encourage everyone to begin their next annual physical with the words: "And whose payroll are *you* on?"
I recommend this book, and Taubes' book, as REQUIRED READING for anyone who is breathing at the moment - and would like to continue doing so.
Even finding information on death by drugs was shown by Petersen to be more difficult because the percent of patients dying in hospitals who are autopsied is down to 8% from 50% in 1945 (p308). Pinning the cause of death on a drug is fraught with danger for the providers, so patients killed by various drugs are said to have a cause of death of their original illness, not the drug used to treat its symptoms!
"Imitating neighborhood grocers, the drugmakers offer coupons, free gifts, and deals to buy six prescriptions and get one free." (p4). Drugs for children are flavored and colored to mimic candy (p4). Plots of TV shows are based on brand name drugs, at times based on suggestions of their makers (p5). Side effects of drugs are treated with other drugs.Read more ›
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Great book giving well substantiated accounts of the deception we've heard about for so long, this makes what was suspect and hearsay for me very obvious and personal. Read morePublished 1 month ago by whistleblowerfan
Great eye-opener! This book made me a more vigilant when buying supplements and other pharmaceutical product. thanks a lot!Published 5 months ago by Eugenio
This book opened my eyes.. regarding the truth behind harmful supplements.. well written book! thanks a lot!Published 6 months ago by Dorothy Bush
I'm 73...no basket of pills on my kitchen table...I told our doctor a long time ago "Please put your pen back in it's holster as it is a dangerous weapon"....Published 8 months ago by zelda
poorly written book. the arguments of the authors lack credible sources and empirical basis. though her expose is quite true, it should always be supported by facts and academic... Read morePublished 9 months ago by gloria williams
I'm really interested in establishing my own drug company and this book enlightened me regarding the flaws and competition in most pharmaceutical companies. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Cody Fernald
This is an excellent look at the drug companies and how they influence our society - and the politicians as well. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Jeff S Kirkpatrick