Blood Medicine: Blowing the Whistle on One of the Deadliest Prescription Drugs Ever

Blood Medicine: Blowing the Whistle on One of the Deadliest Prescription Drugs Ever

by Kathleen Sharp


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Blood Feud rivals A Civil Action for best non-fiction book of the past twenty years.” — John Lescroart, New York Times bestselling author of Damage

Procrit seemed like a biotech miracle, promising a golden age in medical care. Developed in the 1980s by Amgen and licensed to the pharmaceutical giant, Johnson & Johnson, the drug (AKA Epogen and Aranesp) soon generated billions in annual revenue—and still does.  In 2012, world famous cyclist, Olympian, and Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong was banned from professional cycling on doping charges for using EPO (the blanket name for the drugs Procrit and Epogen), resulting in a global controversy about abuse, big pharmaceutical companies, and the lies and inaccuracies concerning performance-enhancing drugs.

Mark Duxbury was a J&J salesman who once believed in the blood-booster, setting record sales and winning company awards. Then Duxbury started to learn unsavory truths about Procrit and J&J’s business practices. He was fired and filed a whistleblower suit to warn the public.

When Jan Schlichtman (A Civil Action) learned of Duxbury’s crusade, he signed on. Now, he’s fighting on behalf of cancer patients and for every American who trusts Big Pharma with his life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780452298507
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/28/2012
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Kathleen Sharp is a journalist whose work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Parade, Elle, and Fortune, among many other publications; she has won six awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, among other honors. She lives in Santa Barbara, California.

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

Part I

1 Meet and Greet 7

2 The Deal 24

3 Medicine Road 41

4 Raise the Stakes 54

5 The Cancer Indication 66

6 Chosen One 82

Part II

7 The Deposition 101

8 On the Border 112

9 Blues 129

10 Quality of Life 148

11 Gaslighting 164

12 The Overdose Plan 177

Part III

13 The Millionaires' Club 197

14 "Strength for Living" 219

15 Code Mistress 234

16 The Arbitrator 257

17 For the King 273

18 Black Ops 289

19 The Eleventh Hour 303

Part IV

20 Twice Saved 319

21 Miracle-Gro 335

22 Brothers 355

23 As the World Spins 369

24 The Burden 384

Notes 401

Acknowledgments 423

Index 425

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“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.” —Library Journal

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