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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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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.)
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.
At first I was a little disbelieving of the astonishing attention to detail, and the precisely remembered conversations. I'm a narrative nonfiction writer myself, and for my last book lawyers carefully removed any remnants of conversation I could not directly back up. But Blood Feud is different. The author did indeed have access to detailed, riveting information, thanks to the careful record keeping of the two protagonists. It all rings true in a way that other books in the genre do not (i.e. how, exactly, could a different present-day writer have known what an illiterate woman thought in a bathtub half a century ago at the moment she somehow discovered her cervical cancer???)
Blood Feud was one of the best reads I've had in years.
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