Prescription Games

by Jeffrey Robinson (Author)

Editorial Reviews

Acclaim for The Merger:

“Robinson [is] a master storyteller.”
–Stevie Cameron

“[Robinson] writes with verve, a keen sense of anecdote, and an authoritative
command of facts.”
–Andrew Allentuck, Quill & Quire

“Robinson flays Big Pharma.”
–Toronto Star

“[Robinson] covers his material well and, as a bonus, included substantial
Canadian content.”
–Globe and Mail

“Robinson reminds us what good journalism is supposed to be – well documented,
well researched, and a well-written story.”
–New Brunswick Reader

Book Description
The major pharmaceutical companies, according to John le Carré – who has based
his novel The Constant Gardener on their depredations – “are engaged in the
systematic corruption of the medical profession, country by country.” Jeffrey
Robinson can back up that charge.

In Prescription Games, Jeffrey Robinson exposes the yawning abyss between the
claims to altruism made by pharmaceutical companies and the harsh reality of
their everyday practice. When the industry claims that the enormous markup they
charge for new drugs pays the cost of developing new ones, they don’t say that
as much as 80 per cent of R&D money is actually directed at developing drugs
designed to compete with existing brands, or at creating variations on drugs
whose patents are about to expire – expenditures only the industry itself (and
its shareholders) will benefit from.

Within the industry, there are “blockbuster” drugs that create vast wealth for
the companies that manufacture them. Most are designed to treat conditions that
are endemic among prosperous, western populations that can afford them. But
there are no blockbuster drugs to treat diseases like tuberculosis, cholera, and
malaria that ravage the Third World, because Third World countries can’t afford
the prices. People in Africa and Asia die from new strains of tuberculosis while
people in Europe and North America are offered expensive treatments for obesity,
hair loss, and sexual dysfunction.

In this hard-hitting exposé, Robinson also examines the extension of patent
protection, the end of generic drug competition in Canada, the Nancy Olivieri
scandal (how a drug manufacturer fought to conceal research findings that would
damage sales of its product), the illicit drug trade, and espionage among drug manufacturers.

Product Details

Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: McClelland&Stewart Ltd.; 1st edition (2001)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0771075669



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