In her book titled The Truth About the Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us and What to Do About It, Marcia Angell takes us inside the prescription drug industry in a way that forces us to reexamine the claims of drug companies such as Pfizer, Merck, Johnson & Johnson, GlaxoSmithKline and others.
Angell, who was once the editor in chief of The New England Journal of Medicine, exposes the truth behind exaggerated claims of research and development within the halls of “big pharma” and reveals the backroom deals, shady marketing tactics, kickbacks for doctors, disease mongering and other methods used by these multi-billion dollar companies as they grasp for more money and power.
Ever wonder what the truth is behind all the direct-to-consumer television commercials about pills that we are bombarded with on a daily basis? Are you curious about just how much money actually goes into research and development for “miracle cures” and how much more is spent on marketing copycat products? Did you ever feel like your doctor was just a little too quick to prescribe an expensive brand-name drug? Well in The Truth About the Drug Companies, Angell explains the logic behind all of this in a concise and readable style with plenty of research to back up her claims.
This book is well worth your consideration if you are at all concerned with the current state of medicine, specifically pharmaceuticals, which were once touted as the hallmark of lifesaving innovation. And in the end, if that isn’t enough, Angell even suggests a plan she believes could turn things around and how you can get involved in this fight.