- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; 1 edition (October 7, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0618393137
- ISBN-13: 978-0618393138
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,389,475 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Generation Rx: How Prescription Drugs Are Altering American Lives, Minds, and Bodies 1st Edition
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From Publishers Weekly
According to Critser, almost half of all Americans use a prescription drug daily; one in six take three or more. What are the possible consequences of the staggering recent growth in the use of such drugs? Journalist Critser (Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World) lays out the cautionary facts in exquisite detail. The saga of big pharma gives new meaning to the term "slippery slope": none of it could have happened, he says, absent Reaganite deregulatory fervor, which led to the taking of several bold risks, most of which were perceived in the 1980s, even by drug makers, to be "downright dangerous"—including direct-to-consumer promotion (DTC) and the advent of off-label marketing—drug manufacturers encouraging doctors to prescribe medications for maladies for which the FDA has not approved their use. Some of this territory about our growing dependence on prescription drugs and the impact of DTC advertising was covered last year by Marcia Angell and others, yet it's a story worth heeding again in the wake of the recent furor over Vioxx. Critser's account is solid, thorough and told with vigor.
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From Bookmarks Magazine
Critics were enthralledand disturbedby Critsers muckraking portrait of the pharmaceutical industry and the overmedicated public it purports to serve. The book is sure to make people think twice the next time they reach into their medicine cabinet. Critser presents compelling evidence that drugs are not adequately tested before they hit the market and that drug companies seem to be inventing ailments that their pills can cure. But the book is not just a big-business exposé. Critser also explores the societal pressures that lead Americans of all ages to turn to pills to fulfill the burdensome expectations they place on themselves. And he uses gentle humor to avoid coming off as excessively alarmist.
Copyright © 2004 Phillips & Nelson Media, Inc.
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"Every 19 minutes in this country someone dies of an accidental overdose of a prescription medication." Wow.
"More people die from prescription pain meds then from heroine and cocaine combined." Wow. This book and these warnings really needs to get out to anyone and everyone. God bless!
Among the things that I gleaned from "Generation Rx":
A clear description of what "off-label promotion" is.
The connection of conservative think-tanks to the pharmaceutical and advertising industries.
DTC-Direct To Consumer advertising.
The rush to FDA approval motivated by quicker profits.
Mr. Critser also details some of the many horror stories of side-effects from various prescription medications. Some of the organs involved like the liver and heart.
The author also observed the gradual change from a physician-patient relationship to a more complex relationship where physicians are pressured to prescribe meds for ailments that the drug wasn't approved for. The patient also became a consumer by way of DTC advertising.
On the political front, Mr. Critser detailed the blackballing of an FDA commissioner candidate by pharma purely based on protecting their profits and ideology.
Among the solutions offered by the author were-
Transparency by physicians-disclose connections to pharma.
Regulation by a rejuvenated,empowered FDA.
Separating pharma power from individual health decision.
I found the book to be an interesting read about a topic that has been a hot issue for some time. It's suited for the laymen that has an interest in the subject.