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A NEW BOOK ARGUES THAT GENERIC DRUGS ARE POISONING US

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.

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? 

“Bottle of Lies” is an invaluable exposé, a reportorial tour de force and a well-turned epic. Is it news you can use? I can’t give medical advice. Our best medicines are indeed wondrous; many of us owe our lives to them. But I can relate that Eban quotes inspector after inspector saying that they themselves fill only the most essential prescriptions — and will pay anything to avoid taking a drug made overseas. They’ve seen how those drugs are produced, and they live in fear of them.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/13/books/review/bottle-of-lies-katherine-eban.html
https://www.amazon.com/Bottle-Lies-Inside-Story-Generic/dp/0062338781/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=bottle+of+lies&qid=1556031250&s=books&sr=1-1

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