Dangerous Doses: How Counterfeiters Are Contaminating America's Drug Supply / Edition 1

Dangerous Doses: How Counterfeiters Are Contaminating America's Drug Supply / Edition 1

by Katherine Eban
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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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Dangerous Doses: How Counterfeiters Are Contaminating America's Drug Supply / Edition 1

In the tradition of the great investigative classics, Dangerous Doses exposes the dark side of America's pharmaceutical trade. Stolen, compromised, and counterfeit medicine increasingly makes its way into a poorly regulated distribution system—where it may reach unsuspecting patients who stake their lives on its effectiveness.

Katherine Eban's hard-hitting exploration of America's secret ring of drug counterfeiters takes us to Florida, where tireless investigators follow the trail of medicine stolen in a seemingly minor break-in as it funnels into a sprawling national network of drug polluters. Their pursuit stretches from a strip joint in South Miami to the halls of Congress as they battle entrenched political interests and uncover an increasing threat to America's health.

With the conscience of a crusading reporter, Eban has crafted a riveting narrative that shows how, when we most need protection, we may be most at risk.

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ISBN-13: 9780151010509
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 05/09/2005
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

A Note to Readers ix
Who's Who xi
Prologue 1

Part One
A Victim of Success 7
Flamingos in Missouri 11
Is Anything Okay? 19
The R Word 31
Medicine in the Laundry Room 42
The Cheshire Cat 56
One Man's Trash, Another Man's Treasure 67
A Cold Chain Gets Hot 87
Stealing Time 101

Part Two
"My Son Is Not a No One" 117
Two Streams Become One 128
The License Shrine 146
A Do-or-Die Cause 156
A Bad Lot 166
Rats in the State 179

Part Three
Crazy Money 195
A Special Price 206
The Guitar Story 221
"They're Going to Die Anyway" 232
They Know We Know 252
Inspector Arias Goes to Washington 267
Ultimate Box Case 283

Part Four
The Rosetta Stone 299
A Wink and a Nod in Las Vegas 312
The Education of Kevin Fagan 330

Epilogue 348
The Epogen Trail to Timothy Fagan 358
What You Can Do About
Counterfeit Drugs 361

Endnotes 363
Glossary 419
Interviews of Note 423
Acknowledgments 435
Index 439

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Dangerous Doses: How Counterfeiters Are Contaminating America's Drug Supply 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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. Congratualtions
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.) ...'
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.