Generation Rx: How Prescription Drugs Are Altering American Lives, Minds, and Bodies

by Greg Critser (Author)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly
According to Critser, almost half of all Americans use a prescription drug
daily; one in six take three or more. What are the possible consequences of the
staggering recent growth in the use of such drugs? Journalist Critser (Fat Land:
How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World) lays out the cautionary
facts in exquisite detail. The saga of big pharma gives new meaning to the term
"slippery slope": none of it could have happened, he says, absent Reaganite
deregulatory fervor, which led to the taking of several bold risks, most of
which were perceived in the 1980s, even by drug makers, to be "downright
dangerous"—including direct-to-consumer promotion (DTC) and the advent of
off-label marketing—drug manufacturers encouraging doctors to prescribe
medications for maladies for which the FDA has not approved their use. Some of
this territory about our growing dependence on prescription drugs and the impact
of DTC advertising was covered last year by Marcia Angell and others, yet it's a
story worth heeding again in the wake of the recent furor over Vioxx. Critser's
account is solid, thorough and told with vigor.

From Bookmarks Magazine
Critics were enthralled—and disturbed—by Critser’s muckraking portrait of the
pharmaceutical industry and the overmedicated public it purports to serve. The
book is sure to make people think twice the next time they reach into their
medicine cabinet. Critser presents compelling evidence that drugs are not
adequately tested before they hit the market and that drug companies seem to be
inventing ailments that their pills can cure. But the book is not just a
big-business exposé. Critser also explores the societal pressures that lead
Americans of all ages to turn to pills to fulfill the burdensome expectations
they place on themselves. And he uses gentle humor to avoid coming off as
excessively alarmist.

Product Details

Paperback: 308 pages
Publisher: Mariner Books; Reprint edition (January 5, 2007)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0618773568



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