Sickening: How Big Pharma Broke American Health Care and How We Can Repair It (Hardcover)
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The untold story of how Big Pharma corrupts medical knowledge—misleading doctors, misdirecting American health care, and harming our health
America’s health care system is unique in prioritizing corporate interests over the public good. At the heart of the problem is Big Pharma, which controls the medical research agenda, holds the real data from its clinical trials as corporate secrets, and shapes the information available to health care professionals to maximize its profits.
Combining patient stories with what he learned during many years of serving as an expert in national drug litigation (with access to the information hidden inside corporate computers), John Abramson unravels this mystery, explains the harm being done to all Americans, and presents a path toward reform.
About the Author
Dr. JOHN ABRAMSON has been on the faculty of Harvard Medical School for twenty years and is a lecturer in the department of health care policy. A former family doctor, he is the author of the acclaimed book Overdosed America: The Broken Promise of American Medicine and has made more than seventy-five appearances on national television shows, including the Today (twice), CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, CNN Morning America, CNN Headline News, Megyn Kelly Fox News, and the Dr. Oz Show. He has also appeared several times on NPR, including All Things Considered and On Point. He has written op-ed pieces in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and other major outlets, and his writing has also appeared in The Lancet, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and other prestigious medical publications. He lives in the Boston area.