Bottle of Lies: The Inside Story of the Generic Drug Boom

Bottle of Lies: The Inside Story of the Generic Drug Boom

A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

From an award-winning journalist, an explosive narrative investigation of the generic drug boom that reveals fraud and life-threatening dangers on a global scale—The Jungle for pharmaceuticals

Many have hailed the widespread use of generic drugs as one of the most important public-health developments of the twenty-first century. Today, almost 90 percent of our pharmaceutical market is comprised of generics, the majority of which are manufactured overseas. We have been reassured by our doctors, our pharmacists and our regulators that generic drugs are identical to their brand-name counterparts, just less expensive. But is this really true?

Katherine Eban’s Bottle of Lies exposes the deceit behind generic-drug manufacturing—and the attendant risks for global health. Drawing on exclusive accounts from whistleblowers and regulators, as well as thousands of pages of confidential FDA documents, Eban reveals an industry where fraud is rampant, companies routinely falsify data, and executives circumvent almost every principle of safe manufacturing to minimize cost and maximize profit, confident in their ability to fool inspectors. Meanwhile, patients unwittingly consume medicine with unpredictable and dangerous effects.

The story of generic drugs is truly global. It connects middle America to China, India, sub-Saharan Africa and Brazil, and represents the ultimate litmus test of globalization: what are the risks of moving drug manufacturing offshore, and are they worth the savings? 

A decade-long investigation with international sweep, high-stakes brinkmanship and big money at its core, Bottle of Lies reveals how the world’s greatest public-health innovation has become one of its most astonishing swindles.

 

Title:Bottle of Lies: The Inside Story of the Generic Drug Boom
ISBN:9780062338808
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  • Ren้e

    We all need to thank Katherine Eban for her phenomenal book "Bottle of Lies." This is a must-read book, especially if you're taking generic drugs. (I spent a lot of time after reading Eban's book rese...

  • Marian

    Here is an important, easily read, current book with essential information we collectively need to prioritize rethinking of pharmaceutical ethics, manufacturing, delivery, politics, guidelines, and ec...

  • E. Kahn

    In a world where pharmaceutical companies charge thousands of dollars for life-saving medicines that cost under a dollar to make and whose development was paid for by the taxpayer, inexpensive generic...

  • Ankit Agrawal

    I have been studying the pharma industry for the last couple of months from the ground up and this book couldn't have come at a better time. Needless to say, I bought a copy the day it was released. T...

  • Elizabeth

    This is a must read book for anyone who has been prescribed a generic medication....... which is pretty much everyone. The book is long and may look intimidating, but it reads like an action thriller....

  • Gaurav Andhansare

    What is worse than a drug with a lot of side effects?A drug with only a lot of side effects.A scintillating read into the evolution of global generic drug industry and its transgressions.The author do...

  • Patwm

    I urge everyone I know to read this account of generic drug manufacturing in India and China. When you do you will run to your medicine cabinet and check every bottle. This is sobering and sad as it i...

  • Saket Saurabh

    Amazing storytelling, at par with books like Den of thieves or Enron story. May seem a biased against generic pharma but enough lessons for those willing to take a constructive viewpoint. Lots of resp...

  • Elizabeth Stolar

    I'm pretty numb at this point to seeing instances of egregious and even obvious wrongdoing being ignored by any bodies that are capable of righting and punishing that wrongdoing. But this book still d...

  • Dona

    I finished reading that book BOTTLES OF LIES. It doesn't give the companies who manufacturer generic drugs a good rap -- esp. those from India & China, The FDA does not really have much clot in foreig...