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Blood Feud - The Man Who Blew the Whistle on One of the Deadliest Prescription Drugs Ever

Kathleen Sharp

Blood-boosting Procrit is Johnson & Johnson's biotech superstar. Behind its various brand names, it ranks as Medicare's most reimbursed drug. But Procrit performs frighteningly well, and can stimulate so many blood cells that thousands of patients die in unexplained and painful ways. And that's not all: Cancer patients, who often receive injections, are never warned that the drug stimulates tumor growth, too, prompting one leading hematologist to dub it "Miracle-Gro for cancer." While patients have no clue about the risks behind this poorly tested drug, Johnson & Johnson sales rep Mark Duxbury knows precisely what is happening-the pharma behemoth is blatantly marketing overdoses of the drug. Duxbury tries to warn his superiors and is forced to testify in a secret court about illegal schemes. But his honesty costs him his career. Humiliated and ignored for years, Duxbury is ultimately betrayed in a shockingly cruel way. The psychological trauma drives him to attempt suicide, yet he fights on for several more years until the heartbreaking end. A Civil Action's Jan Schlichtmann has taken on the case, and is back in federal district court in Massachusetts. And all the while, Johnson & Johnson has continued to push sales of Procrit. Blood Feud is award-winning journalist Kathleen Sharp's nail-biting exposé of the Procrit case. Packed with corporate espionage, plot twists, and larger-than-life characters, it's as gripping as it is terrifyingly true.

Blood-boosting Procrit is Johnson & Johnson's biotech superstar. Behind its various brand names, it ranks as Medicare's most reimbursed drug. But Procrit performs frighteningly well, and can stimulate so many blood cells that thousands of patients die in unexplained and painful ways. And that's not all: Cancer patients, who often receive injections, are never warned that the drug stimulates tumor growth, too, prompting one leading hematologist to dub it "Miracle-Gro for cancer." While patients have no clue about the risks behind this poorly tested drug, Johnson & Johnson sales rep Mark Duxbury knows precisely what is happening-the pharma behemoth is blatantly marketing overdoses of the drug. Duxbury tries to warn his superiors and is forced to testify in a secret court about illegal schemes. But his honesty costs him his career. Humiliated and ignored for years, Duxbury is ultimately betrayed in a shockingly cruel way. The psychological trauma drives him to attempt suicide, yet he fights on for several more years until the heartbreaking end. A Civil Action's Jan Schlichtmann has taken on the case, and is back in federal district court in Massachusetts. And all the while, Johnson & Johnson has continued to push sales of Procrit. Blood Feud is award-winning journalist Kathleen Sharp's nail-biting exposé of the Procrit case. Packed with corporate espionage, plot twists, and larger-than-life characters, it's as gripping as it is terrifyingly true.
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Blood-boosting Procrit is Johnson & Johnson's biotech superstar. Behind its various brand names, it ranks as Medicare's most reimbursed drug. But Procrit performs frighteningly well, and can stimulate so many blood cells that thousands of patients die in unexplained and painful ways. And that's not all: Cancer patients, who often receive injections, are never warned that the drug stimulates tumor growth, too, prompting one leading hematologist to dub it "Miracle-Gro for cancer." While patients have no clue about the risks behind this poorly tested drug, Johnson & Johnson sales rep Mark Duxbury knows precisely what is happening-the pharma behemoth is blatantly marketing overdoses of the drug. Duxbury tries to warn his superiors and is forced to testify in a secret court about illegal schemes. But his honesty costs him his career. Humiliated and ignored for years, Duxbury is ultimately betrayed in a shockingly cruel way. The psychological trauma drives him to attempt suicide, yet he fights on for several more years until the heartbreaking end. A Civil Action's Jan Schlichtmann has taken on the case, and is back in federal district court in Massachusetts. And all the while, Johnson & Johnson has continued to push sales of Procrit. Blood Feud is award-winning journalist Kathleen Sharp's nail-biting exposé of the Procrit case. Packed with corporate espionage, plot twists, and larger-than-life characters, it's as gripping as it is terrifyingly true.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Coleen Marlo

Length:

13h 37m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

05:47


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

36:02


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

37:14


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

25:23


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

24:57


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

31:56


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

35:55


Part 2, Chapter 7
Part 2, Chapter 7

22:23


Part 2, Chapter 8
Part 2, Chapter 8

34:20


Part 2, Chapter 9
Part 2, Chapter 9

40:04


Part 2, Chapter 10
Part 2, Chapter 10

33:39


Part 2, Chapter 11
Part 2, Chapter 11

26:07


Part 2, Chapter 12
Part 2, Chapter 12

36:22


Part 3, Chapter 13
Part 3, Chapter 13

45:52


Part 3, Chapter 14
Part 3, Chapter 14

32:10


Part 3, Chapter 15
Part 3, Chapter 15

49:43


Part 3, Chapter 16
Part 3, Chapter 16

33:24


Part 3, Chapter 17
Part 3, Chapter 17

31:12


Part 3, Chapter 18
Part 3, Chapter 18

27:09


Part 3, Chapter 19
Part 3, Chapter 19

29:17


Part 4, Chapter 20
Part 4, Chapter 20

34:45


Part 4, Chapter 21
Part 4, Chapter 21

44:37


Part 4, Chapter 22
Part 4, Chapter 22

28:21


Part 4, Chapter 23
Part 4, Chapter 23

33:26


Part 4, Chapter 24
Part 4, Chapter 24

37:22


Part 4, Chapter 25
Part 4, Chapter 25

00:22