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Death by Prescription: A Father Takes on His Daughter's Killer Hardcover – Apr 14 2009

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 374 pages
  • Publisher: Key Porter Books; 1 edition (April 14 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1552638251
  • ISBN-13: 978-1552638255
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 15 x 3.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #439,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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On the afternoon of March 19, 2000, Vanessa Young, a 15-year-old girl from Oakville, Ontario, suffered a severe reaction to a common drug that she was taking to relieve the stomach discomfort and nausea she had been experiencing after meals. The following day, Vanessa died. The young woman’s death launched her grief-stricken father, businessman and former member of Parliament Terence Young, on a campaign to find out how the widely prescribed medication Prepulsid led to his daughter’s death – and why hundreds of similar cases are allowed to occur every year. Death by Prescription follows Young’s investigative journey into the world of “Big Pharma.” Are these huge multinational companies so concerned about reaping gigantic profits that they fail to provide sufficient warnings about the risks involved in taking many of their drugs? Or are doctors and patients somehow ignoring those warnings? Despite the pain and anger he feels as a result of Vanessa’s death, Young determines that he will pursue the answers to these questions in a calm, rational way; to do otherwise would be to risk seeing himself written off as “pathetic” and “weeping.” Of course, there is a lot of raw emotion in these pages – Young admits that at the outset he “was prepared to raise holy hell” – but he tempers that emotion with an ability to present various sides of an issue, and to take into consideration the different implications of his findings. This is not an overly personal, “why did this have to happen to me?” story. Instead, Young marshals the analytical skills honed in his many years of business and political experience into a dispassionate, measured investigation. The result is a compelling, well-structured read that will be appreciated by any reader with an interest in the inner workings of big drug companies. And given that millions of Canadians take prescription drugs every year, this should be a large readership indeed.

About the Author

TERENCE YOUNG was from 1981 until 1994 an executive with Bell Canada. In 1995, he was elected to Parliament for the first time. After Vanessa's death, he founded Drug Safety Canada, a group that advocates for increased drug safety. As chairman of the foundation, he tours and lectures widely, and has been profiled and interviewed many times, including appearances on TVO, CBC, CTV, and CBC Radio.

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Death by Prescription set my hunches in concrete.There is something formidably wrong with companies that 'need us to be sick'.(As Terrence Young has said) Wonderfully eye opening subject matter and a sad commentary on the controlled drug culture we live in.Blessings to your family Mr.Young
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Excellent expose of Big Pharma and it's influence on the medical field
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HASH(0x981d8e94) out of 5 stars Fascinating informative read Dec 6 2009
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I strongly recommend this book if you are taking or plan to take any medication in the future. True stories are much more interesting than fiction. It is guaranteed to change the way you view medications and convince you that the current system of development and regulation of medication needs to be changed.
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HASH(0x97b517a4) out of 5 stars very deep Feb. 22 2014
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well-developed ideas...

a must read for any Canadian lawyer in training.

This book helped me to formulate my opinions about the pharmaceutical industry in Canada...
HASH(0x98378cd8) out of 5 stars A must read for anyone taking medications Nov. 4 2015
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As one who was injured by taking an antibiotic for a bladder infection I know full well the price we pay everyday when profit is placed above patient safety. I always read the inserts that come with a prescribed medication and while it did report tendon tears with exertion, it said nothing about muscle damage with no such activity. I couldn't walk for 2 1/2 years without excruciating pain. It was only through the internet that I found fellow sufferers who were affected by the same antibiotic. From my experience I will never trust the pharmaceutical industry again and after reading this book with good reason. This book exposes the complicity of not only the pharmaceutical industry but of the agencies that are supposed to protect us. While maybe they are not flat out lying to us, the withholding of information should be a criminal offense. This book should be read by anyone and everyone to open your eyes to the deception and power this industry holds over us and our elected officials.