• Sickening

  • How Big Pharma Broke American Health Care and How We Can Repair It
  • By: John Abramson
  • Narrated by: Kevin Stillwell
  • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (127 ratings)

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The inside story of how Big Pharma’s relentless pursuit of ever-higher profits corrupts medical knowledge - misleading doctors, misdirecting American health care, and harming our health.

The United States spends an excess $1.5 trillion annually on health care compared to other wealthy countries - yet the amount of time that Americans live in good health ranks a lowly 68th in the world. At the heart of the problem is Big Pharma, which funds most clinical trials and therefore controls the research agenda, withholds the real data from those trials as corporate secrets, and shapes most of the information relied upon by health-care professionals.

In this no-holds-barred exposé, Dr. John Abramson - one of the foremost experts on the drug industry’s deceptive tactics - combines patient stories with what he learned during many years of serving as an expert in national drug litigation to reveal the tangled web of financial interests at the heart of the dysfunction in our health-care system. For example, one of pharma’s best-kept secrets is that the peer reviewers charged with ensuring the accuracy and completeness of the clinical trial reports published in medical journals do not even have access to complete data and must rely on manufacturer-influenced summaries. Likewise for the experts who write the clinical practice guidelines that define our standards of care.

The result of years of research and privileged access to the inner workings of the US medical-industrial complex, Sickening shines a light on the dark underbelly of American health care - and presents a path toward genuine reform.

©2022 John Abramson (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

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The narrator keeps referring to contents of an "accompanying PDF" that does not exist. Detracts from an otherwise compelling book. Kevin Stillwell narration excellent as usual.

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Finally some real insight

It is disheartening to get the evidence of what our guidelines and practice insights are based on. As physicians we try to do the best for our patients, obviously big pharma has another idea. Over the years I have taken many women off of statins for lack of evidence of benefit in primary prevention at the risk of upsetting my referral source, but right is right.
Glad this book agrees, hopefully someone has the guts and political will power to stop having big pharma make us sick. Great book, excellent read for all physicians and patients.

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If you work in healthcare…

If you work in healthcare then this book will give you the data to confirm your suspicions. This book made me realize I have never seen a Neurontin Rx for its FDA approved purpose, This book is sobering, maddening, and deeply important. As a specialist in mental health it answers so many of my questions about why my patients often don’t improve with ongoing med management. I highly recommend it.

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great book! must read.

great book! tons of information. should be required reading for anyone in healthcare. awesome job, Dr. Abramson!

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Informative But a Little Inconsistent

Some revealing information in this book on how the pharmaceutical companies control and manipulate our entire medical system and government. The author presents a pretty good case and provides a number of good examples. However, the author seems to blindly trust pharmaceutical companies and the current system he maligns in the book when it comes to these “vaccines” for COVID. So his inconsistent and contrary viewpoints make it difficult to trust everything he presents in this book.

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This is an eye-opening and shocking read! I have been working as an RN for years sacrificing for others, but also have a family with medical needs, and this just blows my mind. That the sources I have come to rely on for information are commercially compromised makes sense when always stuck at the endpoint of “how is this patient going to ever be able to afford this?”. And when you look at the rationale for cost, is it in short supply? No. Is it hard to manufacture and transport? Does not seem to be as it is on your television screen every other hour which is something you don’t do if you have core issues. It’s just a blatant bullying of people who need truth not robbery. Wow. Spelled out very clearly and the book takes you through a systemic injustice step by step that leaves you wondering how many other things might be misled in this current capitalist state. Scary.

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Eye opening.

A very eye opening look into how big pharma is single handedly driving the American healthcare system into the ground. Every American should read this to truly understand why our highest cost in the world healthcare system is purely profit driven and leaves America dead last in overall health among other wealthy nations and Americans literally dead.

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Blew this pharmacy technician's mind.

Dr. John Abramson does a wonderful job detailing how Pharma has managed to not only push tons of drugs onto Americans, but how they also control the scientific findings that keep doctors from knowing the truth about their products. As a former CPhT, I thought I knew something about how drug manufacturers push their products, but this is beyond what I expected. Hyping up drugs on TV and giving out samples to doctors is bad enough, but their capture of the scientific medical journals that doctors rely on is far worse. They've managed to convince us that taking medicine (for life) is how we stay healthy, not lifestyle, and millions of us have died as a result. Big Pharma has big blood money on their hands.

It's a wake-up call. Don't let your fellow Americans remain ignorant of Pharma's despicable behavior. And don't support doctors or pharmacists who care more about pushing drugs than healing patients. Put the screws to these highly paid and well regarded medical professionals. Ask them what they are doing to alleviate this. Don't support the ones that don't care. And vote for representatives that will prioritize reining in this out of control industry.

American healthcare is a scandal. We owe ourselves and our families better. Thank you, Dr. Abramson.

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On Target: Evidence Based Medicine as Targeted ...

... by market forces focused on investor equity via corrupted science rather than correctly, efficacious medical breakthroughs requiring substantial training, support and long time horizons (Peter Medawar). Great listen despite occasional genuflection wrt COVID-19 'science' authorities.

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Unfettered Capitalism Wins Again

I was unable to stop once I'd started this title. Enjoyed doesn't seem to be the appropriate term for the book but I am grateful to author for writing it. I learned a great deal. I must be naive because while I'm aware that there are shady business practices, the scale of big pharma's transgressions continue to flabbergast me. The author addresses very specific & deliberate incidents where pharma & peer reviewed medical journals presented treatments and information with profits being the only motivating factor. In recent years I've begun to fact check everything. I frequently use the medical journals as a resource and I now realize I cannot even rely on them. I do not understand how anyone can think the system as is with big business, lobbyists, political donations, PACs and the ultra rich holding most of the power is a good thing. Profit at any cost should not be what motivates our society. Back to the book; despite being an RN I was unaware of the neurontin/gabapentin research. I've been on this med for almost 20 years. I am going to see my Dr and discuss removing it from my repertoire. This book is important and I hope it gets people's attention. The cynic in me doubts it though.