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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.

Professional & Technical
May 14

Customer Reviews

M.D.-Hawaii ,

Bottle of Lies

Amazing book!! Must reading for everyone involved in any manner with patient care or if you just want to live! As a retired-physician I am shocked and angry that this corruption is still happening in the generic drug industry. WAKE UP NOW- EVERYONE.
It 2019 yet prescriptions from most of these international companies are in all of our cabinets today. I found 2 prescriptions from corrupt international manufactures written by my personal physician In my medicine cabinet today.
I am so grateful to the author for her commitment to saving lives
and exposing the weakness and often “ politics first” guidance of the FDA leadership. The grass-root FDA inspectors and whistle-blowers are the Hero’s.

Rockymtnlafrance ,

Outstanding and riveting!

As a retired FDA OCI Special Agent, I found the subject matter in this book incredibly interesting. I also found it disturbing beyond measure. I knew our drug supply was ailing, but this book showed me the generic drug supply chain is completely broken. It confirmed some of my assessments of the Indian drug manufacturers made from years of working similar cases. It also validated my suspicions held regarding some top level FDA Regulatory Staff. Katherine Eban has an amazing gift in writing non-fiction so as to read like a riveting novel. This truly is a must read!

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