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Side Effects

A Prosecutor, a Whistleblower, and a Bestselling Antidepressant on Trial

By Alison Bass

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Published By
Algonquin Books
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Number Of Pages
260
Publication Date
June 17, 2008
ISBN
9781565126435

Side Effects

A Prosecutor, a Whistleblower, and a Bestselling Antidepressant on Trial

By Alison Bass

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As the mental health reporter for the Boston Globe, Alison Bass's front-page reporting on conflicts of interest in medical research stunned readers, and her series on sexual misconduct among psychiatrists earned a Pulitzer Prize nomination. Now she turns her investigative skills to a controversial case that exposed the increased suicide rates among adolescents taking antidepressants such as Paxil, Prozac, and Zoloft.

Side Effects tells the tale of a gutsy assistant attorney general who, along with an unlikely whistle-blower at an Ivy League university, uncovered evidence of deception behind one of the most successful drug campaigns in history. Paxil was the world's bestselling antidepressant in 2002. Pediatric prescriptions soared, even though there was no proof that the drug performed any better than sugar pills in treating children and adolescents, and the real risks the drugs posed were withheld from the public. The New York State Attorney General's office brought an unprecedented lawsuit against giant manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline, the maker of Paxil, for consumer fraud. The successful suit launched a tidal wave of protest that changed the way drugs are tested, sold, and marketed in this country.

With meticulous research, Alison Bass shows us the underbelly of the pharmaceutical industry. She lays bare the unhealthy ties between the medical establishment, big pharma, and the FDA—relationships that place vulnerable children and adults at risk every day.

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“Engrossing.”--NY Review of Books

"Side Effects is long-form journalism at its best."—Washington Post

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Product details

Published By
Algonquin Books
Categories
Number Of Pages
260
Publication Date
June 17, 2008
ISBN
9781565126435

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