Empire of Pain : the secret history of the Sackler Empire

About the Book
A book that made it to Obamas favorite books of 2021 and has John Oliver discussing it in not one, not two but three episodes dedicated to the opioid crises in the US – investigative journalist Patrick Keefe who has received many awards for his political writing deserves every accolade for such an easy yet gripping non-fiction read. The book is about more specifically about the Sackler family owners of Purdue Pharmaceuticals, but more generally about “an unwholesome entanglement” that exists between doctors who prescribe medications and pharmaceuticals that make and market them. It also highlights how numbers from big data companies that sell fine-grained information about the prescribing habits of physicians, inform pharmaceutical companies about advertising strategies – How they can slightly bend the truth and create a market where there is none, and how, money, loopholes, lawyers and smarts can circumvent rules made by regulatory agencies – legally – and get away with murder.

Read time : 70 hours approximately
Star Rating : 5 out of 5 stars
Book publication Date : 2021
Publisher : Picador Publishers
Book Review : https://youtu.be/-ClZOj3n1nc

About the Book
A book that made it to Obamas favorite books of 2021 and has John Oliver discussing it in not one, not two but three episodes dedicated to the opioid crises in the US – investigative journalist Patrick Keefe who has received many awards for his political writing deserves every accolade for such an easy yet gripping non-fiction read. The book is about more specifically about the Sackler family owners of Purdue Pharmaceuticals, but more generally about “an unwholesome entanglement” that exists between doctors who prescribe medications and pharmaceuticals that make and market them. It also highlights how numbers from big data companies that sell fine-grained information about the prescribing habits of physicians, inform pharmaceutical companies about advertising strategies – How they can slightly bend the truth and create a market where there is none, and how, money, loopholes, lawyers and smarts can circumvent rules made by regulatory agencies – legally – and get away with murder.

Read time : 70 hours approximately
Star Rating : 5 out of 5 stars
Book publication Date : 2021
Publisher : Picador Publishers
Book Review : https://youtu.be/-ClZOj3n1nc

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By Patrick Keefe (2021)

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