Side Effects: A Prosecutor, A Whistleblower, and A Bestselling Antidepressant on Trial

Side Effects: A Prosecutor, A Whistleblower, and A Bestselling Antidepressant on Trial

Book - 2008-06-17
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As the mental health reporter for the Boston Globe, Alison Bass's front-page reporting on conflicts of interest in medical research stunned readers, and her series on sexual misconduct among psychiatrists earned a Pulitzer Prize nomination. Now she turns her investigative skills to a controversial case that exposed the increased suicide rates among adolescents taking antidepressants such as Paxil, Prozac, and Zoloft.

Side Effects tells the tale of a gutsy assistant attorney general who, along with an unlikely whistle-blower at an Ivy League university, uncovered evidence of deception behind one of the most successful drug campaigns in history. Paxil was the world's bestselling antidepressant in 2002. Pediatric prescriptions soared, even though there was no proof that the drug performed any better than sugar pills in treating children and adolescents, and the real risks the drugs posed were withheld from the public. The New York State Attorney General's office brought an unprecedented lawsuit against giant manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline, the maker of Paxil, for consumer fraud. The successful suit launched a tidal wave of protest that changed the way drugs are tested, sold, and marketed in this country.

With meticulous research, Alison Bass shows us the underbelly of the pharmaceutical industry. She lays bare the unhealthy ties between the medical establishment, big pharma, and the FDA—relationships that place vulnerable children and adults at risk every day.

Baker & Taylor
An investigative journalist for the Boston Globe probes the controversy over increased suicide rates among teenagers taking common antidepressants, focusing on the efforts of a whistle-blower and the New York State Attorney General's office to bring an unprecedented lawsuit against the maker of Paxil that changed the way drugs are tested, sold, and marketed.

Publisher: Algonquin Books 2008-06-17
ISBN: 9781565125537
Characteristics: 260


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Jul 23, 2013

Outstanding book, and if Eliot Spitzer is indeed making a political comeback, this is the book to read! And with the recent release, or leaking, of the report from GlaxoSmithKline on the corrupt and crooked production facilities in China (where the majority of the multinational biopharmaceuticals now do their manufacturing, and some their R&D) this is a good book to know!

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