Poison Pills: The Untold Story of the Vioxx Drug Scandal
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With annual sales of $2.5 billion, Vioxx became a pharmaceutical bonanza before being abruptly taken off the market in September 2004, after it was revealed that it led to an increased risk of heart-related disease and death.Drawing on internal documents, video footage, court testimony, and exclusive interviews, as well as three decades of experience inside the medical industry, Tom Nesi tells the dramatic story of what the drug’s manufacturer, Merck, knew and when. Here also are accounts from physicians, lawyers, financial analysts, and patients and their families whose lives have been forever altered by Vioxx.Set against a fascinating history of the origins of the modern pharmaceutical industry, POISON PILLS is a shocking tale that involves the breakdown of the United States medical system, the failures of the Food and Drug Administration, and enormous profits made by a large pharmaceutical corporation at the potential cost of thousands of lives.. To the millions of Americans who suffer from chronic pain and arthritis, Vioxx seemed like a miracle. It is a compelling narrative of business and medical science run amok, with a cast of characters ranging from those at the highest levels of the multibillion-dollar pharmaceutical industry to research scientists, marketers, and drug comp
Amazon Customer said Toxic Pills. Althogh this book was written several years ago the issue is still relevant.. Pam M said It's a Page Turner!. Poison Pills: The Untold Story of the Vioxx Drug ScandalI couldn't put this book down! Mr. Nesi thoroughly covers the story of the Vioxx drug scandal in a refreshingly honest way. I especially enjoyed the history of the pharmaceutical industry that he weaves into his story. I recommend this book to anyone in search of a great and informative read!. Carol said You'll read it in one sitting. When stonewalling, data manipulation and "neutralization" of unfriendly scientists fail, just get one of your employees appointed as assistant secretary of health at HHS with oversight of the FDA. One wonders what Merck gave W to pull that one off.The book is full of facts and amply footnoted. You can decide for yourself what Merck knew and when Merck knew it.
Touted as a 'super aspirin,' Vioxx was, for a time, the No. Food and Drug Administration official, is a fascinating story that’s told for the first time in Nesi’s carefully researched chronicle of the Vioxx saga.”--Calgary Herald. How it got to be 'the single greatest drug safety catastrophe in the history of the world,' in the words of a U.S. “If medications had personalities, Vioxx would be that macho guy in a Hummer who just took your parking space (and the one next to it), who then gets out, smiling and talking on his cellphone. 1 pain medication in the world, backed by aggressive m