Bottle of Lies

Bottle of Lies

The Inside Story of the Generic Drug Boom

Book - 2019 | First edition
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A decade-long investigation with international sweep, high-stakes brinkmanship and big money at its core, 'Bottle of Lies' by award-winning journalist Katherine Eban exposes the deceit behind generic-drug manufacturing and the attendant risks for global health.
Publisher: New York, NY :, Ecco,, [2019]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780062338785
Branch Call Number: ANF 615.1 EBA
Characteristics: xxiv, 482 pages ; 24 cm

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dirtbag
Oct 08, 2019

This is a must read. You might never want to accept generic drugs again.

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xiaojunbpl12
Sep 29, 2019

Chronicle the history of the generic drug industry with India as the (evil) leader, US FDA a (reluctant) accomplice. Though I’ve been fortunate to touch no medicine, this eye opening book struck me more than life and death of sick individuals.
Dare no official voicing embargo of Indian generics, when policy affect business of demand and supply.
One can resort to all means staying away from generic drugs, but even the brand name drugs with API supplied overseas are precarious.
What’s to come as China replacing India in drug industry, worse?
Peter Baker could train the investigators. It’s more urgent to train the factory workers in the developing countries, which may not be the scope here. The book alludes the universal common sense of human life vs local culture of doing business, only touches the surface of issues which are system wide and corrupt globally.

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bethgarza24
Sep 25, 2019

Science BC - Oct 6

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StarGladiator
May 31, 2019

*********************** 50 STARRED Review ****************************
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Prior to reading this amazing book by a genuine professional investigative journalist, Katherine Eban, I read some harsh criticism of it. After finishing this extraordinary achievement of Ms. Eban, one can only surmise her critics to be corrupt swine on the payroll of Big Pharma!
There are several portions of this book, a large and dense read, I was already familiar with, most notably the horrible debacle with Baxter Healthcare. This resulted in many deaths and pointed to the greedy vile corruption of American, Chinese and Indian corporations. Dr. Janet Woodcock of the FDA believed, like the lacking Alan Greenspan, that corporations are capable of policing themselves!?
Of course, there are individual heroes to be found: Dinesh Thakur, Karen Takahashi, Peter Baker, David Nelson, Altaf Lal, et cetera, and the author --- Katherine Eban, for her splendid research, investigations and compilation of these events. [Although honest and patriotic individuals were to be found at the FDA, those corrupt types there were truly shocking! IMHO, the Clinton and George W. Bush Administrations essentially gave the go-ahead to Chinese and Indian companies to poison the American people - - with the U.S.Attorney's Office as execrable and useless as ever!]
What is truly depressing about this book is that - - had author Katherine Eban had the time, money and energy - - she could just as easily written a book ten times this size!
[Sidebar: The case of FDA chemist, Charles Chang is interesting and one can see historic parallels in the history of corruption: D.H. Byrd, owner of the Texas School Book Depository when JFK was assassinated, was supposed to have obtained his original wealth by having a crooked planted agent in the Texas office where oil lease claims were filed - - rejecting valid claim filings, then tipping off Byrd who would successfully file on the same previously rejected claims. Thomas Edison, the prolific inventor, was purported to have a similar situation at the US Patent Office as newspaper stories around that period noted a pattern of complaints against a Mr. Fink of the Patent Office, who rejected previous patent applications that would end up later filed by Edison!]

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StarGladiator
May 31, 2019

*********************** 50 STARRED Review ****************************
____________________________________________________________________________________
Prior to reading this amazing book by a genuine professional investigative journalist, Katherine Eban, I read some harsh criticism of it. After finishing this extraordinary achievement of Ms. Eban, one can only surmise her critics to be corrupt swine on the payroll of Big Pharma!
There are several portions of this book, a large and dense read, I was already familiar with, most notably the horrible debacle with Baxter Healthcare. This resulted in many deaths and pointed to the greedy vile corruption of American, Chinese and Indian corporations. Dr. Janet Woodcock of the FDA believed, like the lacking Alan Greenspan, that corporations are capable of policing themselves!?
Of course, there are individual heroes to be found: Dinesh Thakur, Karen Takahashi, Peter Baker, David Nelson, Altaf Lal, et cetera, and the author --- Katherine Eban, for her splendid research, investigations and compilation of these events. [Although honest and patriotic individuals were to be found at the FDA, those corrupt types there were truly shocking! IMHO, the Clinton and George W. Bush Administrations essentially gave the go-ahead to Chinese and Indian companies to poison the American people - - with the U.S.Attorney's Office as execrable and useless as ever!]
What is truly depressing about this book is that - - had author Katherine Eban had the time, money and energy - - she could just as easily written a book ten times this size!
[Sidebar: The case of FDA chemist, Charles Chang is interesting and one can see historic parallels in the history of corruption: D.H. Byrd, owner of the Texas School Book Depository when JFK was assassinated, was supposed to have obtained his original wealth by having a crooked planted agent in the Texas office where oil lease claims were filed - - rejecting valid claim filings, then tipping off Byrd who would successfully file on the same previously rejected claims. Thomas Edison, the prolific inventor, was purported to have a similar situation at the US Patent Office as newspaper stories around that period noted a pattern of complaints against a Mr. Fink of the Patent Office, who rejected previous patent applications that would end up later filed by Edison!]

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