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Book Title: The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg: Accutane - The Truth That Had to Be Told|
Date of issue: June 1st 2011
ISBN 13: 9781463648817
The author of the book: Doug Bremner
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 824 KB
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In 2001 Hoffmann-La Roche's drug Accutane was selling in its billions worldwide as a treatment for acne. For those who suffered from extreme scarring acne, it was something of a miraculous treatment, however evidence started to mount that for others it was a death sentence. Over the next few years it was estimated that between 300 and 3,000 young people being prescribed Accutane since its launch had committed suicide or killed others.
In 2001 the father of young man in Ireland who had committed suicide approached Dr. Doug Bremner as Professor of Psychiatry & Radiology at Emory University to see if he could find a causal link between the drug and depression. His findings were that the drug did have an effect on the brain likely to cause acute depression in some patients, which was not surprising as it is a molecular cousin of Vitamin A which is known to cause depression in excessive quantities.
One might think that Hoffmann-La Roche would have welcomed these findings. After all, no-one was doubting that Accutane was an extremely effective remedy in many cases, it was just that it appeared to have lethal side-effects in others.
You might like to think again on that one.
'The Goose That Laid The Golden Egg' is the account of what Hoffmann-La Roche did next, which was to prosecute a determined, energetic and vindictive campaign against Dr. Bremner designed to suppress his findings and destroy his career and livelihood. 'The Goose' tells the story of how he was forced to return to the pain of the past and confront the truths of his own life, a research project of a different nature, before he was able to return and fight for the truth about a dangerous drug.
In 2009 Hoffman-La Roche took Accutane off the market.
From the pen of the author of 'Before You Take That Pill: Why the Drug Industry May Be Bad for Your Health', this is a truly riveting and emotional read detailing just what it costs to take on the full might of one of the largest corporations in the world when you have never claimed to be a saint and have no desire to become a martyr.
Read information about the authorDoug Bremner is a physician, researcher, professor, and author of nonfiction works including "You Can't Just Snap Out of It: The Real Path to Recovery From Psychological Trauma," "The Goose that Laid the Golden Egg," "Before You Take that Pill" and "Does Stress Damage the Brain?" "A Fresh Look at Greed", and "Fastest Growing Religion on Earth: How Genealogy Captured America." He has also authored fictional novels and screenplays. He is writer and director of the independent romantic comedy 'Inheritance, Italian Style' He lives in Atlanta, GA, with his wife and two children.
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