124. Pharma: Greed, Lies, and the Poisoning of America

With: Gerald Posner

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124. Pharma: Greed, Lies, and the Poisoning of America

Gerald Posner is the author of thirteen acclaimed books, including New York Times nonfiction bestsellers Case Closed, Why America Slept and God’s Bankers. Posner was a finalist for the Pulitzer in History. “A merciless pit bull of an investigator” concluded the Chicago Tribune. The New York Times said his latest book (2020), ‘PHARMA: Greed, Lies and the Poisoning of America’, was “a withering and encyclopedic indictment of a drug industry that often seems to prioritize profits over patients…[it] reads like a pharmaceutical version of cops and robbers." Posner was one of the youngest attorneys (23) ever hired by Cravath, Swaine & Moore.

Topics covered in this episode:

• The history of the drug industry.
• How did Big Pharma become so good at convincing us that we are supposed to take drugs on the regular?
• Is the Coronavirus pandemic a once in a lifetime business opportunity for drug companies?
• The history of drug reps and the relationship with the medical industry.
• How drug pricing has been manipulated behind the scenes.
• Orphan drugs.
• ‘You messed with the wrong mother’.

Referenced in the episode:

• To learn more about Gerald Posner and his books, head over to https://www.posner.com

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