Death By Prescription

Death By Prescription

by Terence H. Young


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The bad news is everywhere...death by prescription drugs. Michael Jackson or Whitney Houston get the headlines. But there are thousands of other people who suffer and die because of the wrong prescription. This is one harrowing story about a father, a family, a daughter. Fifteen year of Vanessa began taking Prepulsid after her doctor prescribed the drug to alleviate a stomach disorder. Suddenly, unexpectedly, she collapses and dies in her family home. Confusion, grief, remorse get channeled by Terence Young into determination to get to the root causes of his daughter’s death. His investigations take him from Health Canada to the Corner’s Office, from the sales people of major drug manufacturers to the medical profession, from the legal profession to the courts. This is a compelling story, a remarkably well-written and fully documented book which takes you into the inner workings of the global drug companies, the intricate relationships between the pharmaceutical industries and the regulatory bodies of government, the complicity of the medical profession and the tragic consequences for the public. Terence H. Young’s deeply personal story will affect every reader. Death by Prescription has also been the subject of a documentary film.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780889629615
Publisher: Mosaic Press NY
Publication date: 04/01/2014
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 955,192
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Terence Young is the founder and chair of Drug Safety Canada, a research and public advocacy organization based in Oakville. He has been active in issues related to prescription drug safety since 2000, after losing his fifteen-year-old daughter Vanessa to the Johnson & Johnson prescription drug Prepulsid. Terence's presentations make an impact wherever he appears, including University of British Columbia, University of Toronto, the Rotman School of Business, and various community groups. He has been quoted in media interviews and has appeared on TVO, CBC, and CBC radio.Bartholomew Bart Stupak is an American politician and lobbyist. A member of the Democratic Party, Stupak served as the U.S. Representative from Michigan's 1st congressional district from 1993 to 2011.

Table of Contents

Section 1 No One is Safe

1 A Night of Terror 15

2 "They Dish it Out Like Water" 27

3 A Predictable Death 39

4 A Conspiracy of Silence 59

Section 2 Follow the Money

5 They Knew, and They Didn't Tell 77

6 All Drugs Cause Adverse Effects 91

7 "Sleeping on the Yellow Line" 105

8 A Message in a Bottle 121

9 And Man Created Blockbuster 133

10 This Business of Disease 149

11 Deny. Delay. Divide. Discredit 169

12 Games with Names 189

Section 3 People in White Coats

13 Do No Harm 207

14 Physician, Heal Thyself 219

15 Get 'em While They're Young 227

Section 4 Unholy Alliances

16 Ganging Up on Vanessa 241

17 Friends in Very High Places 259

18 You Must Be Sick...Because They Need You to Be 279

19 There's No Such Thing as Monsters 293

20 The Butterfly Effect 309

Epilogue: Who Killed Vanessa? 321

Afterword 327

Notes 333

Acknowledgments 363

Index 365

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