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The Truth About the Drug Companies - How They Deceive Us and What to Do About It

Marcia Angell

During her two decades at The New England Journal of Medicine, Dr. Marcia Angell had a front-row seat on the appalling spectacle of the pharmaceutical industry. She watched drug companies stray from their original mission of discovering and manufacturing useful drugs and instead become vast marketing machines with unprecedented control over their own fortunes. She saw them gain nearly limitless influence over medical research, education, and how doctors do their jobs. She sympathized as the American public, particularly the elderly, struggled and increasingly failed to meet spiraling prescription drug prices. Now, in this bold, hard-hitting new book, Dr. Angell exposes the shocking truth of what the pharmaceutical industry has become-and argues for essential, long-overdue change. Currently Americans spend a staggering $200 billion each year on prescription drugs. As Dr. Angell powerfully demonstrates, claims that high drug prices are necessary to fund research and development are unfounded: The truth is that drug companies funnel the bulk of their resources into the marketing of products of dubious benefit. Meanwhile, as profits soar, the companies brazenly use their wealth and power to push their agenda through Congress, the FDA, and academic medical centers. Zeroing in on hugely successful drugs like AZT (the first drug to treat HIV/AIDS), Taxol (the best-selling cancer drug in history), and the blockbuster allergy drug Claritin, Dr. Angell demonstrates exactly how new products are brought to market. Drug companies, she shows, routinely rely on publicly funded institutions for their basic research; they rig clinical trials to make their products look better than they are; and they use their legions of lawyers to stretch out government-granted exclusive marketing rights for years. They also flood the market with copycat drugs that cost a lot more than the drugs they mimic but are no more effective. The American pharmaceutical industry needs to be saved, mainly from itself, and Dr. Angell proposes a program of

During her two decades at The New England Journal of Medicine, Dr. Marcia Angell had a front-row seat on the appalling spectacle of the pharmaceutical industry. She watched drug companies stray from their original mission of discovering and manufacturing useful drugs and instead become vast marketing machines with unprecedented control over their own fortunes. She saw them gain nearly limitless influence over medical research, education, and how doctors do their jobs. She sympathized as the American public, particularly the elderly, struggled and increasingly failed to meet spiraling prescription drug prices. Now, in this bold, hard-hitting new book, Dr. Angell exposes the shocking truth of what the pharmaceutical industry has become-and argues for essential, long-overdue change. Currently Americans spend a staggering $200 billion each year on prescription drugs. As Dr. Angell powerfully demonstrates, claims that high drug prices are necessary to fund research and development are unfounded: The truth is that drug companies funnel the bulk of their resources into the marketing of products of dubious benefit. Meanwhile, as profits soar, the companies brazenly use their wealth and power to push their agenda through Congress, the FDA, and academic medical centers. Zeroing in on hugely successful drugs like AZT (the first drug to treat HIV/AIDS), Taxol (the best-selling cancer drug in history), and the blockbuster allergy drug Claritin, Dr. Angell demonstrates exactly how new products are brought to market. Drug companies, she shows, routinely rely on publicly funded institutions for their basic research; they rig clinical trials to make their products look better than they are; and they use their legions of lawyers to stretch out government-granted exclusive marketing rights for years. They also flood the market with copycat drugs that cost a lot more than the drugs they mimic but are no more effective. The American pharmaceutical industry needs to be saved, mainly from itself, and Dr. Angell proposes a program of
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During her two decades at The New England Journal of Medicine, Dr. Marcia Angell had a front-row seat on the appalling spectacle of the pharmaceutical industry. She watched drug companies stray from their original mission of discovering and manufacturing useful drugs and instead become vast marketing machines with unprecedented control over their own fortunes. She saw them gain nearly limitless influence over medical research, education, and how doctors do their jobs. She sympathized as the American public, particularly the elderly, struggled and increasingly failed to meet spiraling prescription drug prices. Now, in this bold, hard-hitting new book, Dr. Angell exposes the shocking truth of what the pharmaceutical industry has become-and argues for essential, long-overdue change. Currently Americans spend a staggering $200 billion each year on prescription drugs. As Dr. Angell powerfully demonstrates, claims that high drug prices are necessary to fund research and development are unfounded: The truth is that drug companies funnel the bulk of their resources into the marketing of products of dubious benefit. Meanwhile, as profits soar, the companies brazenly use their wealth and power to push their agenda through Congress, the FDA, and academic medical centers. Zeroing in on hugely successful drugs like AZT (the first drug to treat HIV/AIDS), Taxol (the best-selling cancer drug in history), and the blockbuster allergy drug Claritin, Dr. Angell demonstrates exactly how new products are brought to market. Drug companies, she shows, routinely rely on publicly funded institutions for their basic research; they rig clinical trials to make their products look better than they are; and they use their legions of lawyers to stretch out government-granted exclusive marketing rights for years. They also flood the market with copycat drugs that cost a lot more than the drugs they mimic but are no more effective. The American pharmaceutical industry needs to be saved, mainly from itself, and Dr. Angell proposes a program of

Language:

English

Narrators:

Kate Reading

Length:

7h 18m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

03:45


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:39


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

03:31


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:20


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

02:51


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

02:48


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:10


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:00


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

02:59


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:46


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:39


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:54


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

02:25


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

03:13


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:28


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:22


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:24


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:46


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

02:54


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

03:13


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

02:27


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

02:08


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

03:38


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:24


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:00


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

03:16


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:18


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:24


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:21


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:55


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

03:45


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

02:56


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:00


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:35


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

03:18


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

02:58


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:39


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:16


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

03:32


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

01:47


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

03:35


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

02:44


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

03:12


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

03:54


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

02:12


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:11


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

02:49


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:28


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

03:16


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:05


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

02:49


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

03:50


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

03:07


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

03:47


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

03:13


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

03:39


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

03:36


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

03:19


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

02:39


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:01


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

02:52


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

03:08


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

03:29


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

03:39


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

03:53


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

03:08


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

03:23


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

01:51


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

03:33


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

03:31


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:06


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

02:51


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

03:46


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

02:59


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

03:19


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

03:20


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

03:19


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

03:10


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:21


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

02:37


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

03:02


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

03:35


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

02:52


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

03:41


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

03:01


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

03:40


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

03:41


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

03:56


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

02:38


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

04:01


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

01:58


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

03:36


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

03:42


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

03:31


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

03:18


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

02:45


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

03:35


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

02:43


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

03:14


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

03:56


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

04:09


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

04:11


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

02:59


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

03:19


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

03:32


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

03:48


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

03:18


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

03:00


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

02:41


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

01:50


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

02:48


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

03:05


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

03:04


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

02:07


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

03:18


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

03:45


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

02:54


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

03:00


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

03:55


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

03:14


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

02:11


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

03:38


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

03:42


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

03:15


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

02:58


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

04:17


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

03:10


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

03:53


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

04:05


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

04:08


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

03:46


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

04:00