The Truth About the Drug Companies

  • by Marcia Angell
  • Narrated by Kate Reading
  • 7 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this explosive expose of the drug companies and how they are ripping us off, Marcia Angell, M.D., a doctor, medical journalist, and a former editor of the respected New England Journal of Medicine, reveals the many ways in which the pharmaceutical industry has moved away from its original purpose of finding and producing useful new drugs. Now primarily a marketing machine that produces drugs of questionable benefit, the industry uses its wealth and power to co-opt such institutions as the U.S. Congress, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), academic medical centers, as well as the medical profession. In spite of a lack of innovative drugs and continuously growing prices, the drug companies invest most of their time and money in marketing, legal maneuvers to extend patient rights, and government lobbying to prevent price regulation.


What the Critics Say

"A searing indictment....Angell mounts a powerful case (and offers specific suggestions) for reform of this essential industry." (Publishers Weekly)
"Pharamceutical companies will need a new miracle pain reliever after the whipping they receive from Marcia Angell in her book....a starting point for serious discussion." (The Hartford Courant)
"If youve ever suffered prescription-drug sticker shock, Dr. Marcia Angell's The Truth About the Drug Companies is the book for you." (Newsday)


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Customer Reviews

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This is a very important book. Something needs to be done about our pharmaceutical industry. But the narrations is poor. It's presentation is difficult at times to listen to due to terrible pronunciation. Birch Bayh is called Bay instead of By and due to his legistation's importance, it is repeated many many times. Bona Fide is called bona fidEE. And many more. Don't readers have producers? Does anyone correct these?
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- Greg

Good read, vital information

I listened to this audio on a long trip to Virginia, it kept me awake and alert. I found the audio quite statisfactory, and the information clear and easy to understand. I was too engrossed by the subject to be concerned about pronunciation. It seems we all must be our own advocates considering the current state of our health system. Dr. Angell's description of how the drug industry uses powerful marketing and questionable research is indeed important information.
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- Barbara

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-27-2007
  • Publisher: Books on Tape