Pharma: Greed, Lies, and the Poisoning of America

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Award-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author Gerald Posner traces the heroes and villains of the trillion-dollar-a-year pharmaceutical industry and uncovers how those once entrusted with improving life have often betrayed that ideal to corruption and reckless profiteering—with deadly consequences.

Pharmaceutical breakthroughs such as anti­biotics and vaccines rank among some of the greatest advancements in human history. Yet exorbitant prices for life-saving drugs, safety recalls affecting tens of millions of Americans, and soaring rates of addiction and overdose on pre­scription opioids have caused many to lose faith in drug companies. Now, Americans are demanding a national reckoning with a monolithic industry.

Pharma introduces brilliant scientists, in-corruptible government regulators, and brave whistleblowers facing off against company exec­utives often blinded by greed. A business that profits from treating ills can create far deadlier problems than it cures. Addictive products are part of the industry’s DNA, from the days when corner drugstores sold morphine, heroin, and cocaine, to the past two decades of dangerously overprescribed opioids.

Pharma also uncovers the real story of the Sacklers, the family that became one of America’s wealthiest from the success of OxyContin, their blockbuster narcotic painkiller at the center of the opioid crisis. Relying on thousands of pages of government and corporate archives, dozens of hours of interviews with insiders, and previously classified FBI files, Posner exposes the secrets of the Sacklers’ rise to power—revelations that have long been buried under a byzantine web of interlocking companies with ever-changing names and hidden owners. The unexpected twists and turns of the Sackler family saga are told against the startling chronicle of a powerful industry that sits at the intersection of public health and profits. Pharma reveals how and why American drug com­panies have put earnings ahead of patients.

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  • Mona

    A must read for anyone in medical-related profession.This is a very extensive account on pharmaceutical business. Author in great detail reviews developed of particular medications and evolution of th...

  • Jen Juenke

    This book is the definitive guide on the rise of big Pharma. It starts with snake oil salesmen, to the rise of the need of penicilian, it then goes decade by decade highlighting the major/important dr...

  • Nancy Mills

    Extremely well researched. The greed, and the collusion between some parts of the government and the big shots in this industry, is mind-blowing. I cannot say it was fun reading about this stuff. But ...

  • Mirek Jasinski

    I knew that pharmaceutical companies were not very ethical in their pursuit of profit, but I never realized the extent. Very good journalistic work, non-judgmental description (with the exception of t...

  • Rachel

    Come for the history, stay for the structural considerations on the current pandemic (you’ll have to make these yourself but the foreshadowing is there). If you’re curious about the opioid crisis ...

  • William (Bill) Fluke

    Much like “big tobacco” during its run up, so so many poor players here that the blame for over use of pills and opioid crisis especially rests with. This book is chalk full of information- credib...

  • Trey Shipp

    While several books cover the opioid crisis and the Sackler family, this book tells the shocking history of the pharma industry and Arthur Sackler’s early years.Some of the fascinating details inclu...

  • Mandy

    Lost me at chapter 8. This book is *incredibly* long which would’ve been fine if it was relevant or interesting, but the marriages of models, the expensive clothes they wore, and what country clubs ...

  • Randy

    The pharmaceutical industry is held in very low esteem by the American public while, at the same time, Americans take pills at a cost of between 300 and 400 billion dollars per year. Before 2000 only ...

  • Matthew Gomel

    The book should be required for medical students and all medical professionals!I think this book, PHARMA, is perhaps one of the most important works I have ever read. It thrusts an unvarnished truth a...