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Old 08-29-2013, 09:43 PM   #1
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Book about pharmaceuticals. What to read?

Hi everybody,

I am interesting in pharmaceutical and want to read something about implicit and fierce competition, monopoly, R&D process of new medicine, vaccine etc., politics-related business, conspiracy, the shaping and developing of the pharmaceutical industry in the modern world...
I do not have much knowledge of chemistry, medicine rather than what was learned from the high school. So, what I can digest is not a professional and intense book but a book like a pharmaceutical chronicle for a layman.
Any recommendation?

You have my grateful thanks.
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Old 08-30-2013, 12:28 AM   #2
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Old 08-30-2013, 04:26 PM   #3
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Old 08-30-2013, 07:54 PM   #4
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This is written by a former editor of one of my favorite periodicals, the New England Journal of Medicine:

The Truth About the Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us and What to Do About It

http://www.amazon.com/The-Truth-Abou.../dp/0375760946

The next title is only partly about drug companies, but I also liked it a lot, and it is along the muckraking lines you suggest in your OP:

The Truth in Small Doses: Why We're Losing the War on Cancer-and How to Win It

http://www.amazon.com/The-Truth-Smal.../dp/1476739986

I'm trying to think of a pro-pharmaceutical industry book to give some balance here, but I can't think of one I have finished.
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