Generation Rx: How Prescription Drugs Are Altering American Lives, Minds, and Bodies

by Greg Critser

Greg Critser's brilliantly incisive Generation Rx shows how shockingly little we know about the prescription drugs we take and the hazards they may pose to our health. Americans are prescribed more drugs today than ever before, and the pharmaceutical industry has gained tremendous financial power and political clout. Drawing on exclusive access to the strategists, scientists, and current and former heads of GlaxoSmithKline, Eli Lilly, Merck, and other drug giants, Critser chronicles the transformation of big pharma from onetime lumbering medical conglomerate to media-savvy consumer enterprise. He also reveals the direct and indirect consequences for our health, among them increased incidence of damage to major organs, unprecedented medication use by the very young and very old, and the emergence of polypharmacy, in which various drugs taken together can unleash unanticipated, and often deadly, effects.

Generation Rx urges all of us to think about the price we pay, as a society and with our own bodies, for our chronic use of prescription drugs.

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN-13/ EAN: 9780618773565
  • ISBN-10: 0618773568
  • Pages: 320
  • Publication Date: 01/05/2007
  • Carton Quantity: 24

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  • About the Book
    Greg Critser's brilliantly incisive Generation Rx shows how shockingly little we know about the prescription drugs we take and the hazards they may pose to our health. Americans are prescribed more drugs today than ever before, and the pharmaceutical industry has gained tremendous financial power and political clout. Drawing on exclusive access to the strategists, scientists, and current and former heads of GlaxoSmithKline, Eli Lilly, Merck, and other drug giants, Critser chronicles the transformation of big pharma from onetime lumbering medical conglomerate to media-savvy consumer enterprise. He also reveals the direct and indirect consequences for our health, among them increased incidence of damage to major organs, unprecedented medication use by the very young and very old, and the emergence of polypharmacy, in which various drugs taken together can unleash unanticipated, and often deadly, effects.

    Generation Rx urges all of us to think about the price we pay, as a society and with our own bodies, for our chronic use of prescription drugs.

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    "In this informed study, Critser sounds the impassioned alert that your medicine cabinet may be hazardous to your health." Library Journal Starred

    "The saga of big pharma gives new meaning to the term '"slippery slope'...solid, thorough, and told with vigor." Philadelphia Weekly

    "If a knowledgeable public is the key, this straightforward, highly readable book is a step in the right direction." Kirkus Reviews

    "What Fast Food Nation did for the way Americans eat, Greg Critser does fo rth way we medicate ourselves." -Michael Pollan

    "Provocative... he does a lucid job conveying the dramatic ways in which the development and marketing of pharmaceuticals have changed over the last two decades and the equally dramatic and often disturbing consequences of this phenomenon." The New York Times

    "Critser has a knack for turning the words of the pharmaceutical industry...against it, packing every page with enough "Oh, wow!" information to jade even the most hardened cynic." Booklist, ALA, Starred Review

    Reader's Prize 2005: "While if may have been about time someone levied some harsh criticism against the pharmaceutical industry, Critser goes above and beyond the call of duty." Elle

    "Fascinating and disturbing." --New Scientist

    "An unexpected delight . . . Critser spreads his gospel of rack and ruin in an almost good-natured way." The New York Times Book Review

    "Worth reading closely...Generation Rx's cast of CEOs, marketers, researchers, and lobbyists reveals the quirky human side of big business." --Los Angeles

    Finalist for the PEN Literary Award in Research Nonfiction

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