- Paperback: 156 pages
- Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (November 10, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780470393185
- ISBN-13: 978-0470393185
- ASIN: 0470393181
- Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #279,559 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"This book, a concise and reasonably priced text, is a must-read for anyone working in the pharmaceutical industry. However, it is not just written for scientist, anyone interested in learning more about the big issues facing pharmaceutical research and development and global healthcare today should find this book thought-provoking." (Pharmaceutical Journal, September 2009)
"Drug Truths: Dispelling the Myths About Pharma R & D is an generally persuasive argument for the soul of the pharmaceutical industry." (Journal of Clinical Research Best Practices, December 2009)
"I would recommend this book." (Chemistry World, June 2009)
"LaMattina stands out from many of the other observers of the industry." (Nature Chemistry, May 2009)
"The book provides unique insights into how big pharma manages its R&D. It also serves as a reminder of the useful role the drug industry play in keeping us healthy." (Chemical & Engineering News, April 20, 2009)
"The book offers an insider's account of the reality of the drug discovery process, revealing it to be more risky, complicated and expensive than many critics suggest. Chapter by chapter, LaMattina addresses the common misconceptions about the pharmaceutical industry, setting the record straight." (Kansas City InfoZine, February 2009)
"Along with a careful dissection of each false claim and a presentation of the overwhelming evidence that disproves it, LaMattina offers fascinating explanations of the way drug development and government approval function, relying not on clever rhetoric, but on scientific fact and reliable evidence to support his claims; all the while remaining realistic about the industry's limitations." (Medical News Today, February 2009)
"It's obvious from reading his book that LaMattina believes in his industry, in Big Pharma, and in the research and development that has led to drugs that have cured infectious diseases, delayed encroaching heart disease, controlled arthritis for many millions reduced pain and suffering." (TheDay.com, January 25, 2009)
"John L. LaMattina . . . the recently retired head of Pfizer's global research and development . . . by using well illustrated examples, takes us through the realities and myths about many of the issues surrounding the pharmaceutical industry. Rather than innuendo, he offers data. This is an important and timely book . . . In the end this book is about science where data rules . . . [and] should become indispensable to those who wish to either understand or set policy."
--Dr. Richard A. Lerner, President of The Scripps Research Institute
"Drug Truths is an authoritative, clear and accessible exposition of the realities of drug discovery and development. It is factual and balanced, although LaMattina does not shy away from criticizing some of the misguided views that have appeared in print. The main points are well documented and logically presented. The book is a splendid addition to the contemporary health care literature."
--E. J. Corey, Harvard University
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A pathetic book.
No human endeavour is perfect, and the book glosses over some of the background information which would better contextualize the information for the lay reader: the many differences between synthetic small molecules and antibodies or proteins produced by cells in culture, for example. But for all the stuff that counts, John has it exactly right: this is a book that accurately and thoroughly describes what *really* happens inside a pharmaceutical company. If you want a concise book that will show you how tough this business really is, this is the one.
Bob Chapin, Preston, CT