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PRESCRIPTION FOR DISASTER: THE HIDDEN DANGERS IN YOUR MEDICINE CABINET Hardcover – March 5, 1998


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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (March 5, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684829983
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684829982
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,488,872 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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We've all heard the stories of allergy drugs that caused toxic reactions when taken with other medications, painkillers that caused liver damage in people who also drink a lot of alcohol, or antidepressants that ruin some users' sex lives. In fact, "there is no such thing as a safe drug," asserts Thomas J. Moore, who researched drug safety as a senior fellow in health policy at George Washington University. Moore is something of a drug doomsayer, and many readers of this book will join him in his fears. He asserts that drug companies are not above manipulating information about their products--an especially egregious situation, since doctors get much of their information about drugs from the manufacturers themselves. For instance, he notes that a report by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration concluded that the company that manufactures the sleep aid Halcion "vigorously sought to suppress the publication of unfavorable studies and attempted to silence Halcion critics." Moore appears to have done massive research, and he documents his stories of the development and approval of dozens of drugs with extensive footnotes. (It would be interesting to hear a response from the pharmaceutical companies and the FDA.) By focusing on dangers, side effects, and flawed clinical trials, Moore gives short shrift to the real benefits of many medications--but that's not the point here. Instead, he makes a strong case for drug users to be careful consumers and take note of their own individual reactions to medications, rather than leaving it up to their doctors or anyone else. --Ben Kallen

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Moore, a senior fellow in health policy at the George Washington University Medical Center, reports that prescription drugs contribute to 100,000 deaths each year. He also points out that over a lifetime of drug taking, the average American has a 26 percent chance of being hospitalized from a drug injury. Clearly, putting blind faith in prescription drugs can be dangerous, and Moore aims to tell consumers how they can minimize the risks of serious side effects in all therapeutic categories. Though he does provide references to the professional medical literature to substantiate his claims, in this reviewer's opinion he greatly accentuates the negative; obviously, drugs have been invaluable in curing disease and alleviating symptoms. Still, for its timely warning, this book is recommended for all consumer health collections.
-?Bruce Slutsky, New Jersey Inst. of Technology Lib., Newark
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By G. Reid on January 2, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is a great book about prescription medicines and the people who make billions of dollars pushing these drugs at the public. Thomas J. Moore is qualified to write on this issue. He has spent six years researching and writing about the safety of prescription drugs as a senior fellow in health policy at the George Washington University Medical Center.

This book was written in 1998. However, almost all of the information in the book is still relevent. Most of the problems identified in the book have not been resolved and some are even worse. For a similar book on this subject released in 2004, see my review on "Overdosed America: The Broken Promise Of American Medicine" by John Abramson.

You will learn about many amazing facts in "Prescription For Disaster." I will list some of them for you. Be sure to read the book to learn about all of the issues involved.

1. You are about ten times more likely to be hospitalized by a side affect of a prescription drug than by an automobile accident.

2. Many doctors do not tell patients about the adverse effects of the medicines that they prescribe.

3. Almost half of medicines prescribed caused cancer in animals, often at or near the human dose.

4. Learn about how one extra tablet of a medicine for hives killed the patient.

5. Of the top 50 prescribed drugs, 7 can cause addiction, 18 have cancer risks, 18 are unusually toxic and 25 have cardiac risks.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By tbran@idt.net on April 16, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Rx for Disaster documents the potential good as well as the side effects & harmful drug interactions of many of the newer legitimate designer pharmaceuticals. If you are interested in improving your understanding and taking control of the Rx medications prescribed for you, this book is a must. It is well written and factual by Thomas J. Moore, an experienced medical researcher. The book provides insight and understanding, as well as a road map for learning about the Rx medication that you are taking. You can better interact with your doctor and pharmacist after you have read this book.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Joel M. Kauffman on May 21, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Utterly accurate, mild in tone, this book sets out in simple language (backed up by solid citations to peer-reviewed journals) how those of us with some intelligence can minimize the damage from prescription drugs.
From p179: "One wonders how the drug industry could be surprised that the consumer information plan focused 'on the hazards that drugs may present.' This was exactly the information being denied to consumers. Evidence that the real goal of the PhRMA and the AMA was to continue to keep consumers in the dark could be seen..."
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 5, 1998
Format: Hardcover
I would highly recommend this book to anyone concerned about the safety of the drugs they use. This book had two important messages for me, first, that I need to take control of my own use of prescription, and over the counter, medications and be sure that I know their strengths and weaknesses. And to be watchful for adverse side effects and drug interactions. And second, that this country's drug safety program is woefully inadequate and ill equipped to deal with the harm that drugs can cause, even when used properly and under the care of a physician. I have read Mr. Moore's previous books and I have found him to be right on the mark and a step ahead of the pack, watch for drug safety to become a big issue.
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