The Truth About the Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us and What to Do About It

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By Mohamed (Abu Dhabi, The United Arab Emirates) · ★★★★★ · August 01, 2013
عندما أقرأ كتبًا كهذه- لا تتوفر لها ترجمة عربية .. أتأكد أكثر بأن الطريق أمامنا نحو فهم العالم لا يزالا طويلاً!

يسلط هذا الكتاب الضوء على ممارسات شركات الأدوية غير الأخلاقية، والمدفوعة بالجشع والرغبة في مضاعفة أرباحها، في الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية. كمية المعلومات الصادمة والفاضحة في هذا الكتاب كف... ...more
By Pete (Canberra, 07, Australia) · ★★★☆☆ · December 02, 2012
The Truth About Drug Companies (2004) by Marcia Angell describes how pharmaceutical companies manipulate science and US politics in order to make more money.
Angell was on the staff of the New England Journal of Medicine for over 20 years and became its first female editor. She has had extensive... ...more
By Chris (Jenkintown, PA) · ★★★★☆ · November 16, 2011
This book by a doctor and former editor of the New England Journal of Medicine is a serious indictment of the pharmaceutical industry, particularly as it operates in the US. Although I was aware of much of the information, she lays it all out with detailed documentation.

While most basic research... ...more
By John (Duluth, MN) · ★★☆☆☆ · September 12, 2011
Dr. Angell is angry at the big pharmaceutical companies, or at least was when she wrote this in 2004. As such, she perhaps overreaches at times during the course of this indictment against big pharma and the American way of dealing with prescription medicines. You come across the word "reportedly... ...more
By Edmund (Philadelphia, PA) · ★★★★☆ · April 18, 2014
Clear and cogent explanation of pharmaceutical industry and the crucial roles that industry-friendly legislation has played in creating the billion-dollar behemoth. It was updated 9 years ago, but a new addition would be helpful. ...more
By Christopherseelie (Red Feather Lakes, CO) · ★★★★☆ · May 19, 2009
Angell writes clearly about a very difficult and multifaceted subject. Her points are well documented, and her criticism is pragmatic while her principles remain earnest. Her sardonic wit is never too far away.

I haven't read non-fiction this good in a while. I picked up the book as part of my blo... ...more
By Cwn_annwn_13 (Copenhagen, 06, Denmark) · ★★★☆☆ · July 14, 2010
Angell does a good job of showing what rats the pharmaceutical industry are in this book. I consider big Pharma on a level of evil close to that of big banks and big oil, big food and big chemical corporations so if this book has a fault its that she is too easy on them. Never the less she gets a... ...more
By Igor (Ljubljana, Slovenia) · ★★★★☆ · March 27, 2011

Farmacevtskih podjetij ne zanimajo ljudje z nenavadnimi boleznimi, saj je v teh primerih trg majhen.

Če podjetja ugotovijo, da zdravila ne prinašajo dobička, jih enostavno nehajo proizvajati.

"Celo ekipa New York Yankees včasih izgubi in znano je, da včasih izgubi tudi ekipa Los Angeles Lakers. Tod... ...more
By Nate (Noblesville, IN) · ★★☆☆☆ · April 05, 2009
Bought this a few years ago but never got around to reading it, so its a bit outdated already. Despite that, the main message (see the book's title) still rings true today. Some of the changes she called for are happening - decreased drug rep presence in teaching hospitals for example - but most... ...more
By Charlene (Cambridge, MA) · ★★★★☆ · June 09, 2011
After reading this book I am tempted to say, "I would rather die than have another prescription drug," ahem,
one just might.
But why don't you ponder these facts from the book: "The authors obtained FDA (Federal Drug Administration) reviews of every placebo(sugar-coated pill)-controlled clinical t... ...more