Generation Rx by Greg Critser
How Prescription Drugs Are Altering American Lives, Minds, and Bodies

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Greg Critser's brilliantly incisive Generation Rx moves the conversation about prescription drugs to where it hits home: our own bodies. How, he asks, has "big pharma" created a nation of pharmaceutical tribes, each with its own unique beliefs, taboos, and brand loyalties? How have powerful chemical compounds for chronic diseases, once controlled by physicians, become substances we feel entitled to, whether we need them or not? How did we come to hate drug companies but love their pills?

Read on in Generation Rx for:

-- exclusive interviews with the strategists, scientists, and current and former heads of GlaxoSmithKline, Eli Lilly, Merck, Roche, and more

-- a first-ever, inside look at the rollicking business story behind pharma's rise to power

-- the dramatic effects our drug culture is having on our major organs, from the liver to the heart to the brain

-- why old bodies and young bodies are the biggest, and riskiest, arenas for our great American prescription pill party

-- how the largely uncharted terrain of polypharmacy (various drugs taken together) has unleashed unanticipated, often deadly, consequences on unwitting patients

Generation Rx will make every American who has ever taken a prescription drug look anew at what’s in our medicine cabinets, and why.

About Greg Critser

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GREG CRITSER is a longtime chronicler of the modern pharmaceutical industry and the politics of medicine. His columns and essays on the subject have appeared in Harpers Magazine, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, the L.A. Times, and elsewhere. Critser is the author of Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World (Houghton Mifflin), which the American Diabetes Association called the definitive journalistic account of the modern obesity epidemic. He lives in Pasadena, California, with his wife, Antoinette Mongelli.
Published October 7, 2005 by Mariner Books. 320 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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Critser (Fat Land, 2002), a journalist whose pieces on the pharmaceutical industry and the politics of medicine have appeared in Harper’s and the Wall Street Journal, examines the story behind the soaring use of prescription drugs by Americans—from three prescriptions per person per year in 1993 ...

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Critser previously gave readers the skinny on America’s burgeoning waistlines in Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World ( 3.5 of 5 Stars May/June 2003).

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