Blood Medicine: Blowing the Whistle on One of the Deadliest Prescription Drugs Ever

Blood Medicine: Blowing the Whistle on One of the Deadliest Prescription Drugs Ever

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By (author) Kathleen Sharp

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  • Publisher: New American Library
  • Format: Paperback | 440 pages
  • Dimensions: 135mm x 201mm x 25mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 28 August 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0452298504
  • ISBN 13: 9780452298507
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 249,023

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""Blood Feud" rivals "A Civil Action" for best non-fiction book of the past twenty years." -- John Lescroart, "New York Times" bestselling author of "Damage" Procrit seemed like a biotech miracle, promising a golden age in medical care. Developed in the 1980s by Amgen and licensed to the pharmaceutical giant, Johnson & Johnson, the drug (AKA Epogen and Aranesp) soon generated billions in annual revenue--and still does. In 2012, world famous cyclist, Olympian, and Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong was banned from professional cycling on doping charges for using EPO (the blanket name for the drugs Procrit and Epogen), resulting in a global controversy about abuse, big pharmaceutical companies, and the lies and inaccuracies concerning performance-enhancing drugs. Mark Duxbury was a J&J salesman who once believed in the blood-booster, setting record sales and winning company awards. Then Duxbury started to learn unsavory truths about Procrit and J&J's business practices. He was fired and filed a whistleblower suit to warn the public. When Jan Schlichtman ("A Civil Action") learned of Duxbury's crusade, he signed on. Now, he's fighting on behalf of cancer patients and for every American who trusts Big Pharma with his life.

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Kathleen Sharp is a journalist whose work has appeared in "The New York Times Magazine, Parade, Elle," and "Fortune," among many other publications; she has won six awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, among other honors. She lives in Santa Barbara, California.

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"A page-turner, this alarming chronicle of profit seeking in American medicine will appeal to all who are invested in the health care they receive or the drugs they're prescribed." --"Library Journal"