Bantam, Paperback, 9780553378528, 450pp.
Publication Date: May 3, 1999
According to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), adverse drug reactions are the fourth leading cause of death in America. Reactions to prescription and over-the-counter medications kill far more people annually than all illegal drug use combined.
Stephen Fried's wife took a pill for a minor infection and ended up in the emergency room. Some drug reactions go away in a few hours or days. Diane's did not. This emotionally wrenching experience launched Fried into a five-year examination of the entire pharmaceutical industry, the most profitable legal business in the world. Rigorously documented, Bitter Pills is a full-scale portrait of pill making and pill taking in America today, presented through the powerful human drama of doctors, patients, drug companies, the FDA, and government regulators as they war for control of our medicine cabinets.
" [Bitter Pills] could save your life."—San Diego Union-Tribune
"The best popular book I've read on the subject."—The New York Times Book Review
"If you have concerns about drugs your family members have been prescribed or are taking over the counter, Bitter Pills will help make you a more informed consumer."—Rocky Mountain News
"One of the year's best books...startling...sobering."—Philadelphia Inquirer
"Absorbing...insightful...fascinating and often frightening." —Kirkus Reviews