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Blood Feud: The Man Who Blew the Whistle on One of the Deadliest Prescription Drugs Ever
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Blood-boosting Procrit is Johnson and Johnson's biotech superstar. Behind its various brand names, it ranks as Medicare's most reimbursed drug. But Procrit performs frighteningly well, and can stimulate so many blood cells that thousands of patients die in unexplained and painful ways. And that's not all: Cancer patients, who often receive injections, are never warned that the drug stimulates tumor growth, too, prompting one leading hematologist to dub it "Miracle-Gro for cancer."
While patients have no clue about the risks behind this poorly tested drug, Johnson and Johnson sales rep Mark Duxbury knows precisely what is happening—the pharma behemoth is blatantly marketing overdoses of the drug. Duxbury tries to warn his superiors and is forced to testify in a secret court about illegal schemes. But his honesty costs him his career. Humiliated and ignored for years, Duxbury is ultimately betrayed in a shockingly cruel way. The psychological trauma drives him to attempt suicide, yet he fights on for several more years until the heartbreaking end. A Civil Action's Jan Schlichtmann has taken on the case, and is back in federal district court in Massachusetts.
And all the while, Johnson and Johnson has continued to push sales of Procrit.
Blood Feud is award-winning journalist Kathleen Sharp's nail-biting exposé of the Procrit case. Packed with corporate espionage, plot twists, and larger-than-life characters, it's as gripping as it is terrifyingly true.
A gripping blockbuster account of an American icon, the most lucrative biotech drug ever, $11 billion in global sales, and hundreds of thousands of trusting victims.
About the Author
Kathleen Sharp is a journalist whose work has appeared in Vanity Fair, the New York Times Magazine, and many other publications. Her work includes the acclaimed biography Mr. and Mrs. Hollywood, In Good Faith, and several contributions to anthologies on women, the West, and literature. She has won six awards from the Society of Professional Journalists for her investigative work and feature writing and a health-care fellowship from the University of Southern California's Annenberg School of Communication, among other honors. Kathleen lives in Santa Barbara, California. Coleen Marlo is an accomplished actor who has appeared on stage, in film, and on television, and is a member of the prestigious Actors Studio. She also taught acting for ten years at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. An AudioFile Earphones Award winner, Coleen has been awarded three Listen-Up Awards from Publishers Weekly, including for Third World America by Arianna Huffington and The Poisoner's Handbook by Deborah Blum. She has also earned three Audie Award nominations, winning for Snakewoman of Little Egypt by Robert Hellenga. Publishers Weekly has named Coleen Audiobook Reader of the Year for 2010.
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