Death by Prescription

Death by Prescription

A Father Takes on His Daughter's Killer-- the Multi-billion-dollar Pharmaceutical Industry

Book - 2009
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Fifteen-year-old Vanessa Young began taking Prepulsid after her doctor prescribed the billion-dollar selling drug to alleviate a stomach disorder. Neither she--nor her parents--had any reason to suspect the drug might pose a risk. The doctor had prescribed the drug without concern. Nothing in the literature from the manufacturer warned of complications. On March 19, 2000, Vanessa died. Shattered by grief and angry beyond belief, Terence Young began a long fight to find out why. The answer: Prepulsid. The prescription drug the teenager had been assured would relieve her symptoms had, in fact, killed her. Not content to know why, Young determined to battle the industry to make sure this kind of tragedy never happened again. Then a successful businessman and former member of Parliament, Young pursued answers with a kind of Quixote-like obsession. The truth is, as he would find out, that every year hundreds and hundreds of people die as a result of complications from prescription drugs. And most of these companies attentive only to their own bottom line simply don't care. Death by Prescription is the unforgettable story of his fight to find justice for his daughter and a shocking wake-up call to the millions of patients out there who are potential victims of the greedy pharmaceutical companies that put profits ahead of patients.
Publisher: Toronto : Key Porter Books, c2009
ISBN: 9781552638255
Branch Call Number: 338 .47615 YOU
Characteristics: 374 p. ;,23 cm

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Cdnbookworm Feb 12, 2013

Young tells the story here of his fight to bring out the truth about Vanessa's death and what led to it. But he also shows us the power and influence of pharmaceutical companies not just in Canada, but world-wide, and the lack of government initiative to make the necessary changes. In the end, it all comes down to money over life and health, and that is a sad commentary on human nature.
Well-researched, and open, this book shows the dangers of our current reliance on drugs over changing behaviours.

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