Before You Take that Pill: Why the Drug Industry May Be Bad for Your Health|
by J. Douglas Bremner (Author)
A medical expert reveals risks of the most commonly prescribed drugs-and why the
drug industry doesn't want consumers to know about them.
Recent scandals involving diabetes drugs, Vioxx, and many other medications
reveal the serious and undisclosed risks of some of the most commonly used
prescription drugs in this country. In Before You Take That Pill, Dr. J. Douglas
Bremner, a researcher and clinician at Emory University whose study on Accutane
and depression made headlines, offers an inside look at the pharmaceutical
industry, as well as a scientifically backed assessment of the risks of more
than three hundred prescribed medications, vitamins, and supplements.
While many drugs are essential to the health of consumers, as Dr. Bremner
explains, for many people, the benefits may not outweigh the potential side
effects. This book contains warnings that are not on the drug labels. It also
exposes tricks of the trade that demonstrate how the profit-making interests of
"big pharma" may not always be in line with the safety of the public - from the
corruption that exists in the drug approval process to the tactics drug
companies use to encourage doctors to prescribe their products. Most important,
Before You Take That Pill empowers readers by giving them sound information on
specific medications so they can understand and weigh the potential risk
themselves. Backed by the latest studies, as well as insight from a doctor who
is in the trenches, this book should be on the shelf of every drug consumer.
About the Author
J. Douglas Bremner, M.D., is a researcher and physician at Emory University
School of Medicine. Currently a professor of psychiatry and radiology, he is
also the director of the Emory Clinical Neuroscience Research Unit and the
director of Mental Health Research at the Atlanta VA Medical Center. His
research on Accutane and depression was highly publicized and featured in USA
Today. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia.
Paperback: 448 pages
Publisher: Avery (February 28, 2008)