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virqpen They want to make others think that they are sick. And they do this for one reason: Death” is the true story of corruption, bribery and fraud written by Dr. During his 35 years in the pharmaceutical industry internationally most notably as general manager of Eli Lilly and Company in SwedenVirapen was responsible for the marketing of several drugs, all of them with side effects. Now, Virapen is coming clean and telling all of the little secrets you were virapeh intended to know! For more information, go to www.


Side Effects: Death. Confessions of a Pharma-Insider by John Virapen

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This book, written by a pharmaceutical industry insider, exposes many of the secrets that led to drugs with major side effects, like Prozac, to be approved and widely prescribed. Born in Guyana northeast South America to Indian parents, Virapen found himself, in the s, in Europe, hungry and homeless. He went to Sweden, to live with a woman he met in his travels. It was there that he got a job as a sales representative for Eli Lilly and Co.

He visited local physicians, bringing them small gi This book, written by a pharmaceutical industry insider, exposes many of the secrets that led to drugs with major side effects, like Prozac, to be approved and widely prescribed.

He visited local physicians, bringing them small gifts and other things and generally encouraging them to prescribe Eli Lilly drugs. He rose quickly through the ranks, eventually running the entire operation in Sweden. Virapen was very involved in getting drugs like Prozac approved, with a corresponding rise in the gifts given to doctors. They now ranged from expensive “scientific conferences” in exotic places to brothel visits, to outright bribery.


This book is an attempt to atone for what he has done in the drug industry. Virapen spends much of the book talking about Prozac.

The drug industry has no problems with creating “diseases” like ADD Attention Deficit Disorderto get otherwise healthy people to think that they are sick, and need a pill an expensive pill, of course. If a clinical trial is not going well; for instance, if Drug X works just as well as Prozac, a drug company can stop the trial, and switch Drug Jojn with another drug against which Prozac works really well. There is no obligation to tell the Food and Drug Administration, or any of its foreign counterparts, about this.

Clinical trials on psychotropic drugs, like Prozac, last a couple of months, at jobn most. There has been no attempt to study the effects of such drugs over years. When it came time to get Prozac approved in Sweden, the information supplied by Eli Lilly was to be evaluated by an independent doctor, who would send his recommendation to the national jlhn. Unfortunately, that doctor was very willing to be bribed, even helping Eli Lilly to write the report the “right” way.

Virapen mentions case after case of normal, well-adjusted people who, after taking Prozac for a very short time, kill other people or themselves. On the positive side, this is a very interesting book that shows jjohn lengths to which drug virapeen will go to create new markets for their drugs.

On the negative side, if there are to be future printings of this book, it really needs a trip, or another trip, to a copyeditor or proofreader. Un tas jau utopiski un naivi.

Nov 08, Liene rated it liked it. I, as a person, who studies and works in jojn field, felt offended. Although author mentions that it does not apply to all people in this field but it felt that way.

And it seemed that the vorapen reason for writing this book was to get revenge to company who fired him. There were mentioned few very interesting facts and few questionable facts, both I will research further and maybe I will even update my review.

I would say it’s worth reading this or any other book which touches this subject. May 14, Cristina rated it liked it.

Side Effects: Death. Confessions of a Pharma-Insider

A book on bribery, inadequate trials, misleading publications and deaths being concealed in the pharmaceutical backstage. John Virapen tells his story quite honestly and passionate. I wished, however, he’d made it more clear that it is permissive laws that allow the terrible stuff to happen. People are corruptible and there isn’t much we can do about it. Also, he made his point pretty early in the book, therefore virapenn second half was a long soup.


May 20, Zare rated it really liked it Shelves: Terrifying book, one that makes man wonder when is enough money truly enough. Some of the elements laid out by the author are truly terrifying – way everything is done to achieve the goal of hoarding money on expense of patients worldwide.

I guess there will be critics of this books saying that things are exaggerated etc – but believe me, if only two percent of all the things author wrote in this book is true then it is extremely dangerous situation out there. Vidapen 25, Keith rated it it was amazing.

This was an excellent book showing how corrupt the pharmaceutical industry is from someone on the inside. John did terrible things, johb people he worked with did terrible things, and with this book he tries to right some of the wrongs he committed. He shows how bribery and research fraud are the mainstays of the pharmaceutical industry while the drugs they’re promoting do nothing for the diseases and conditions they’re marketed for.

Feb 28, May rated it liked it. Everyone should read a book which talks about this subject. This book contains substantiated facts but the writing style can be annoying sometimes. Sep 01, martina rated it really liked it. You can sell a drug which has literally NO positive effect and people commit suicide because of it?

I don’t want to live on this planet anymore. Kasia rated it really liked it Oct 31, Boris rated it really liked it Jan 14, Christoffer rated it it was ok Mar 01, Du Sha rated it it was amazing Feb 26, Nikol rated it really liked it Jun 07, Justyna rated it liked it May 04, Egoistovapazucha rated it really liked it Jul 11, Hellame rated it liked it Jan 10, Filip rated it it was ok Jan 28, Hugo Habodasz rated it really liked it Apr 18, Nume Prenume rated it really liked it Dec 09, Alise rated it really liked it May 24, Zoey rated it really liked it Jan 28, Pavol rated it really liked it Jun 29, Siiri T rated it really liked it Feb 22, Dominika rated it liked mohn Apr 03, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

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