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The Truth About the Drug Companies

The Truth About the Drug Companies

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Written by Marcia AngellAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Marcia Angell

  • Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
  • On Sale: August 9, 2005
  • Price: $15.95
  • ISBN: 978-0-375-76094-5 (0-375-76094-6)
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.
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Currently, Americans spend a staggering $200 billion each year on prescription drugs. In The Truth About Drug Companies, Dr Marcia Angell argues that this is both unnecessary and unethical.

A former editor in chief of The New England Journal Of Medicine, a current member of Harvard's Medical School's Department of Social Medicine, and a nationally recognized authority in the field of health policy and medical ethics, Dr. Angell argues authoritatively that the pharmaceutical industry has strayed from its original mission of discovering and manufacturing useful drugs and has instead become a vast marketing machine with unprecedented control over its own fortune. To help support her claims, she points to specific examples of how drug companies have gained nearly limitless influence over medical research, education, and how doctors do their jobs.

Substantiated with in-depth research, The Truth About Drug Companies is both an indictment of an unethical industry, and a prescriptive and forward-looking argument for a program of necessary reforms.