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Posted September 20, 2006
The contamination of US drug Supply
Katherine Eban puts forh a detailed story of counterfeits, involving real life people and problems. This book deserves more than five stars because it details the work of investigators, the trouble of patients who used the counterfeited drugs and the new resolution to stop this serious contamination. This book shocked me because it gave me the truth plainly and simply. Miss Eban, you did a great job. CongratualtionsWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 18, 2005
Great Summer Reading
This book is astounding. Told as a thriller, it shows why, unbelievably, your pharmacist cannot tell you where your prescription drugs have come from - they have no idea. One of many great reviews out there - this one in Salon.com - by Katharine Mieszkowski: 'They call themselves the Horsemen of the Apocalypse, and they hold meetings at Hooters. Their uniforms consist of black polo shirts emblazoned with a pack of horses flanking the Grim Reaper, who's wielding a scythe. One Horseman's name is Venema, which rhymes with 'enema.' But he prefers his code name: Ice Station Zebra. These dubious characters are the good guys in 'Dangerous Doses: How Counterfeiters Are Contaminating America's Drug Supply,' by Katherine Eban, an expose that wades into more rank Florida unseemliness than a Carl Hiaasen novel, and easily boasts three times the number of sleazebag villains... Eban mostly lets this stranger-than-fiction cast of characters tell the story, which makes it engaging, even though it's essentially about government failure. The real cause of the corruption of the drug supply isn't the money to be made. It's a weak regulatory system, which doesn't require complete proof of the route a drug takes from its manufacturer to the pharmacist. That opens the door for all kinds of shenanigans among the colorful, corrupt middlemen. The drug industry lobbyists say it would be unduly expensive to keep such records, and that they aren't necessary, even as Operation Stone Cold uncovers more and more stolen, fake and mishandled medicine. And the government continues to buy that argument, even after no lesser force than Gov. Jeb Bush convenes a grand jury to look into the matter. (What it turns up is horrifying to all involved.) ...'Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 28, 2005
Kris Venema, son of Gary Venema, my hero
The fact that my father is the lead investigator in the book's case obviously adds a bit to the excitement of reading it, but it would otherwise still fall in the top 5 most exciting books I have ever read. The fact that virtually every person in America and quite possibly the world, relies, or has relied on, prescription drugs, makes it that much more intense. I feel queezy when contemplating how excrutiating it must have been to acquire all of the information for this book, but the end result is nothing short of thrilling, intense and shocking. Friends and colleagues joke as I incessently spend every possible minute with the book glued to my face. I actually stopped midway through a Palahniuk book to begin this one, which says a lot.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.