Blood Medicine: Blowing the Whistle on One of the Deadliest Prescription Drugs Ever

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Blood Feud rivals A Civil Action for best non-fiction book of the past twenty years.” — John Lescroart, New York Times bestselling author of Damage

Procrit seemed like a biotech miracle, promising a golden age in medical care. Developed in the 1980s by Amgen and licensed to the pharmaceutical giant, Johnson & Johnson, the drug (AKA Epogen and Aranesp) soon generated billions in annual revenue—and still does.  In 2012, world famous cyclist, Olympian, and Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong was banned from professional cycling on doping charges for using EPO (the blanket name for the drugs Procrit and Epogen), resulting in a global controversy about abuse, big pharmaceutical companies, and the lies and inaccuracies concerning performance-enhancing drugs.

Mark Duxbury was a J&J salesman who once believed in the blood-booster, setting record sales and winning company awards. Then Duxbury started to learn unsavory truths about Procrit and J&J’s business practices. He was fired and filed a whistleblower suit to warn the public.

When Jan Schlichtman (A Civil Action) learned of Duxbury’s crusade, he signed on. Now, he’s fighting on behalf of cancer patients and for every American who trusts Big Pharma with his life.

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    An amazing book: important tale thoroughly researched and brilliantly written, October 4, 2011
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    Kathleen Sharp has managed to expose a criminal fraud by venerable Johnson & Johnson, a scheme ripping off billions of dollars from Medicare (and all of us taxpayers) and leading thousands of patients to early and grisly death. Her book Blood Feud documents J&J’s calculated corporate disregard for the safety of its drug “Procrit”, and for the lives of its customers. She reveals how J&J gamed the toothless FDA to be able to sell an unproven and dangerous drug at higher and higher doses for unapproved indications.

    And she shows us all of this in a breezy style, rich with juicy detail, while taking us on the road with a couple of regular guys, Mark and Dean, two J&J sales reps. They join the firm fired up with the best of intentions, and gradually come to realize that their employer is training them to use methods that they discover are illegal to sell a product that proves lethal. Mark expresses his concern. Complications ensue. Corporate machinations lead to litigation and Mark and Dean’s whistle-blowing lawsuit heads to the Supreme Court. It’s a great read!

    (The book also notes that while the Department of Justice is still on the sidelines, not seeking justice for the Medicare fraud, it is run by Eric Holder, a former partner in the high-powered legal firm defending J&J.)

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    AMAZING STORY AND INCREDIBLE JOURNALISM, October 4, 2011
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    I had feared that this kind of in-depth reporting and riveting storytelling was just about obsolete. Happy then to read this amazing account of heroism and corporate fraud. The storyline about how J&J and Ortho executives “gaslighted” two former sales reps who turned whistleblowers on the companies’ greed and fraud, is chilling.

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