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 & 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 ...
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Overview


Blood-boosting Procrit is Johnson & 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 & 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 & 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.

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Procrit was an anti-anemia drug, blood booster that brought $11 billion each year into Johnson & Johnson coffers. The only problem was it was a killer: Medical studies indicate that hundreds of thousands of people have died of the medication. Blood Feud recounts how two super-salesmen sacrificed their careers to become the unlikely whistleblowers on a pharmaceutical miracle that became a human disaster. A thrilling story that cries out to become a movie.

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"Sharp tells the story of sales rep Mark Duxbury, who challenged the wisdom of selling Procrit and, after testifying in a closed court, was hounded from his job." —-Library Journal
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Sharp (In Good Faith) tells an engaging tale of intrigue, deceit, and pressure for profit in the American pharmaceutical industry. She traces the history of the drug Procrit, a once widely prescribed drug marketed to cancer, HIV, and dialysis patients and prescribed as a fatigue reliever. Two pharmaceutical companies, Amgen and Ortho (a division of Johnson and Johnson), owned the licensing rights to Procrit and each had purview over certain areas of the drug's use. Drawing on extensive interviews with an Ortho salesman, Sharp shows how the companies manipulated the FDA approval processes, enticed doctors, and pressed for ever wider uses for the drug. In so doing she paints a vivid picture of a pharmaceutical industry culture that values sales and revenues above all. VERDICT A page-turner, this alarming chronicle of profit seeking in American medicine will appeal to all who are invested in the health care they receive or the drugs they're prescribed. [See Prepub Alert, 3/21/11.]—A.W. Klink, Duke Univ., Durham, NC
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781452603766
  • Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/20/2011
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged CD
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 6.40 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author


Kathleen Sharp is an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in vanity Fair and the New York Times Magazine and the author of Mr. & Mrs. Hollywood and In Good Faith.

AudioFile Earphones Award winner Coleen Marlo has been nominated three times for an Audie Award, winning for Snakewoman of Little Egypt by Robert Hellenga. She has also been awarded three Listen-Up Awards from Publishers Weekly, and Publishers Weekly named Coleen Audiobook Reader of the Year for 2010.

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  • Posted October 12, 2011

    The Most Fun You'll Ever Have Being Horrified

    The best John Grisham novel you've ever read isn't by John Grisham, and isn't a novel. It's by Kathleen Sharp, and it's called "Blood Feud." All the elements of a great "airport thriller" are here -- the well-meaning good-guy characters who get sucked into a horrible conspiracy to hide the truth, the evil corporate enterprise desperate to inflate the bottom line with a product that is literally killing people, and the questions -- will the truth come out? Will justice triumph? Can it? With her sharp prose, great eye for detail and talent for crafting the narrative, Kathleen Sharp draws you into the story and leaves you with a sinking feel in the pit of your stomach. This happened. We consumers are virtually defenseless against the Big Pharma juggernaut. Maybe this book will be a first step in changing the system. Let's hope so.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2012

    Drug sales reality

    This book hits the healthcare industry right in the gut. Could not be me factual for readers. Drug companies and doctors, hospitals and insurance companies do not want you to read. So you should! I have been a sales rep for 20 years and its right on the mark.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 29, 2011

    OK

    I kept waiting for something to happen. I was hoping for more story line I guess and felt there were too many facts that the average person didn't really need to know. It does make you think about how our health is in the hands of the sales person and what a doc. will to for a buck! Worth the read just a little slow.

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