Over Dose by Jay S. Cohen
The Case Against the Drug Companies: Prescription Drugs, Side Effects, and Your Health

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In late 1999, a headline in the New York Times read "Too Much of Good Thing? Doctor Challenges Drug Manual." The article described Dr. Jay S. Cohen's new report maintaining that the recommended doses in the Physicians' Desk Reference are too high for many people and are causing a slew of unnecessary adverse reactions, "ranging from dizziness and nausea all the way to death."

Drug reactions in hospitals are among the nation's leading causes of death, killing more than one hundred thousand Americans every year. What's more, the "side effect epidemic" causes many people-as high as 50 percent of those on blood-pressure medication-to discontinue treatment.

The problem, reports Dr. Cohen in this vital book, stems not only from poor research on the part of the drug companies, but from a deliberate effort to create easy, one-size-fits-all dosages that both appeal to doctors and produce artificially inflated effectiveness statistics.

In Over Dose, Dr. Cohen does more than expose drug company misdeeds-he shows consumers exactly how to monitor and control their own drug intake. He offers practical information on the potential dangers and safe uses of the nation's bestselling drugs, including Prozac, Claritin, Viagra, Lipitor, and a wide range of estrogen-replacement, anti-inflammatory, and blood-pressure medications.

About Jay S. Cohen

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Jay S. Cohen, MD, "is an Associate Professor (voluntary) of Family and Preventive Medicine at the University of California, San Diego. A widely recognized expert on prescription drugs and their natural alternatives, has published scientific papers in leading medical journals and has written articles for Newsweek, Bottom Line Health, and other periodicals. Dr. Cohen has also been a keynote speaker at major medical conferences and has debated top FDA officials about drug safety.
Published January 1, 2001 by Jeremy P. Tarcher. 318 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Education & Reference, Parenting & Relationships, Professional & Technical, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Further, Cohen examines drug companies’ manipulation of research and handling of research findings, and he looks at the relationship between the drug industry and the FDA, suggesting reforms to strengthen that agency and calling for establishment of a national medication safety board to monitor t...

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