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The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg: Accutane - The Truth That Had to Be Told Doug Bremner The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg Accutane The Truth That Had to Be Told Accutane the truth that had to be toldIn Hoffmann La Roche s drug Accutane was selling in its billions worldwide as a treatment for acne For those who suffered from extreme scarring acne it was

  • Title: The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg: Accutane - The Truth That Had to Be Told
  • Author: Doug Bremner
  • ISBN: 9781463648817
  • Page: 434
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg: Accutane - The Truth That Had to Be Told Doug Bremner Accutane the truth that had to be toldIn 2001 Hoffmann La Roche s drug Accutane was selling in its billions worldwide as a treatment for acne For those who suffered from extreme scarring acne, it was something of a miraculous treatment, however evidence started to mount that for others it was a death sentence Over the next few years it was estimated that between 300 anAccutane the truth that had to be toldIn 2001 Hoffmann La Roche s drug Accutane was selling in its billions worldwide as a treatment for acne For those who suffered from extreme scarring acne, it was something of a miraculous treatment, however evidence started to mount that for others it was a death sentence Over the next few years it was estimated that between 300 and 3,000 young people being prescribed Accutane since its launch had committed suicide or killed others.In 2001 the father of young man in Ireland who had committed suicide approached Dr Doug Bremner as Professor of Psychiatry Radiology at Emory University to see if he could find a causal link between the drug and depression His findings were that the drug did have an effect on the brain likely to cause acute depression in some patients, which was not surprising as it is a molecular cousin of Vitamin A which is known to cause depression in excessive quantities.One might think that Hoffmann La Roche would have welcomed these findings After all, no one was doubting that Accutane was an extremely effective remedy in many cases, it was just that it appeared to have lethal side effects in others.You might like to think again on that one The Goose That Laid The Golden Egg is the account of what Hoffmann La Roche did next, which was to prosecute a determined, energetic and vindictive campaign against Dr Bremner designed to suppress his findings and destroy his career and livelihood The Goose tells the story of how he was forced to return to the pain of the past and confront the truths of his own life, a research project of a different nature, before he was able to return and fight for the truth about a dangerous drug.In 2009 Hoffman La Roche took Accutane off the market From the pen of the author of Before You Take That Pill Why the Drug Industry May Be Bad for Your Health , this is a truly riveting and emotional read detailing just what it costs to take on the full might of one of the largest corporations in the world when you have never claimed to be a saint and have no desire to become a martyr.
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    1. Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcenter I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP it is not being reprinted illegally To tell you the truth, in just the few weeks since reading Doug Bremner s The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg, I have almost completely forgotten what it s about and that s because this is another of those seemingly endless post Erin Brokovitch nonfiction stories about horrible people at horrible drug companies doing [...]

    2. I received this book for free, as a First Read giveaway, and though the summary seemed promising, it failed to live up to its potential The author attempted to weave two stories together his involvement in disclosing the relationship between Accutane and depression, and his quest to uncover his mother s past.Dr Bremner is a psychiatrist, college professor, and research scientist He became involved in the Accutane legal battles through a somewhat random sequence of events, and launched a study fu [...]

    3. The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg by Doug Bremner was provided to me free of charge by the author through a GoodReads, FirstReads Giveaway The Goose That Laid the Golden Egg chronicles the author s experience of the fallout of his research findings concerning the link between Hoffman La Roche s drug Accutane used primarily for acne treatment and changes in brain function which are linked to depression and or suicidal ideation or actions in those taking the drug The author states that between 30 [...]

    4. I received this book for free in a First Reads GiveawayDoug Bremner worked as an expert witness for plaintiffs in lawsuits against pharmaceutical giant Roche over the anti acne medication Accutane During that time, Roche and its attorneys went to great length to try and sway or discredit him, not only with legitimate criticisms, but with spurious accusations Meanwhile, Bremner was also coming to terms with his mother s death She had died while he was very young and Bremner had not addressed the [...]

    5. Accutane was a drug that was prescribed for the treatment of severe acne There were, however, a significant number of teens that committed suicide while on the drug, including the son of Senator Bart Stupak The Goose that Laid the Golden Egg looks at the attitude of drug company, Hoffman La Roche, and their cover up of the side effects of Accutane The author, Doug Bremner, was asked to research the possible link between Accutane and suicides and was also involved in presenting his findings to th [...]

    6. A personal nightmare that ends on a positive note, we breathe a sigh of relief at the end Doug Bremner ran a study that exposed the link between the billion dollar a year drug, Accutane, and severe depression leading to suicide in teenagers The drug was originally intended for cystic acne but the drug company began to encourage doctors to prescribe it to teenagers with regular acne When you interfere with drug company profits, they fight back hard and dirty They tried to destroy Dr Bremner s cre [...]

    7. Dr Bremner is an entertaining writer even when the topic is as serious as a drug with potentially deadly side effects He shares with his readers a part of his life before, during and after he undertook a neuroscientific research study that demonstrated brain changes in teenagers when comparing their brain scans before and after they were prescribed Accutane His unique insight into the drug industry is riveting He includes accounts of meeting patients and or their families who noticed potentially [...]

    8. This is a compelling account that reads like quality literary fiction, but shockingly, tragically, it s true Wasn t there a book called Listening to Prozac that sold millions, and blew the whole SSRI thing wide open I m just a lay person, so know nothing but I do know this is too important to be ignored This is shocking but confirms what we, the public already suspect That medication is all about money, and nobody actually cares about side effects like depression or even suicide They just want i [...]

    9. This book was a quick read and extremely interesting I was unaware how the pharmaceutical companies market their drugs, and run their businesses It was an eye opener for me as I occasionally do some consulting work in the health sector I have to admit that I was extremely disheartened reading about the tactics the pharmaceutical company used against the author It made me sick that they would care about dollars than lives I m glad that the author still chose to speak out about Accutane even afte [...]

    10. This non fiction book reads as well as a good novel and delivers a very important message I am glad I read this book because my daughter was prescribed Accutane when it was the silver bullet for acne I now feel blessed she refused to swallow just one pill I am a volunteer arbitrator and indexer of geneology records for LDS, and the Author included his story in researching and finding records for his birth Mother His book included interesting information about LDS and the sheer volume of records [...]

    11. I just won this on First Reads I am looking forward to reading it.This was a really interesting book It wasn t what I was expecting though I was expecting much about the research Dr Bremner did and perhaps science He did talk a lot about the depositions and how terrible those were and how it was all long and drawn out The book also went into a lot of what Dr Bremner was going through in his personal life while the legal matters involving Accutane were going on The search into finding out infor [...]

    12. This book really held my interest I read it in one day, front to back I couldn t put it down The story is interesting, but also adds a side story that is just as interesting I ve told everyone I know to check this one out It s a great read

    13. This book hits close to home I took Accutane when I was in my twentys, before I had kids I am thankful that I had no ill effects and my kids were later years later born with no defects Makes you think before you act.

    14. Chose this books to read about the ins and outs with the problems of Accutane Enjoyed that part of the book, but enjoyed , equally, reading about his family interactions.

    15. I am not sure if authors ever visit GoodReads to see what others say about their work In some ways I hope not The Goose That Laid The Golden Egg was bad Very bad Very very very bad And I don t know if I want Doug Bremner to see that I wrote this Not because I know him or anything like that, I don t It s just that I believe that even negative criticism can offer something constructive and I frankly have nothing constructive to offer this bad bad bad piece of writing First of all I have no idea if [...]

    16. I received a copy of this book for free through the First Read program.This book surprised me I excepted a very clinical account of medical research and lawsuits, and that s not really what this book is about It does detail the author s experiences with these things but it doesn t get bogged down in technicalities I really felt the heart of the story though was the author s personal story about himself and his family that happened to occur around the same time The story itself is very emotional, [...]

    17. From page one, I was swept up into Doug s life He was determined to get Accutane off of the market, it was killing thousands Hoffman La Roche, in turn, campaigned against Bremner to stunt his research findings Not only that, but to destroy his livelihood Not only is the reader granted entrance to the inside workings of pharmaceuticals, but Doug also gives us a deeper look into his own personal life His professional struggles crossed over into his life and affected it deeply This is almost two bo [...]

    18. This review is based on a copy of the book supplied by the author through the First Reader ProgramYes this was about a legal and moral fight with a major drug manufacturer but the story hinted at things that weren t fully explored and there was another story arc about the author trying to find out about his Mom which moved you away from the main story.It was interesting what lengths a company would go to to harrass someone who could effect their bottom line Not only as part of discovery but also [...]

    19. I liked this book It did a great job of depicting a billion dollar industry s single minded focus on profits at the expense of our humanity In addition it provided a very deep look into the author s thoughts and actions as he combated Hoffmann La Roche and their drug Accutane Some reviews have complained about the fact that half the book is about the author s thoughts and feelings as he simultaneously dealt with his family issues However, I found that it provided a second thread to follow that w [...]

    20. What should have been two books, ends up as one confused collision of stories Fighting the good fight against big Pharma over the suicidal depressive effects of Accutane, Dr Bremner gets a bug to hunt down this birth mother s grave and family Part Two thus becomes a redemptive and heart warming second story where Roche s private investigators and depositions fades into the background to the level of a whisper, which is probably what Bremer wanted at the time

    21. I learned so much from this book I was fascinated with the twists and turns of truth that were revealed about the pharmacology industry and the drug accutane Greed guides the actions of those who are supposed to help us and leads me to wonder about other drugs that pass the FDA criteria I also enjoyed the ongoing mystery of geneology that was woven within the story It lent a personal note Threads of both mysteries kept this reader interested.

    22. The book was good It was interesting how the drug companies work However This book is really two books to me The story of the drug company story seems to take a back seat the the authors personal past and issues.

    23. I got this book having been prescribed Accutane as a kid I found very little about Accutane and a whole lot about the author dealing with the death if his mother and trying to find his family Much to disjointed for my tastes.

    24. Although this book is ostensibly about a doctor s battle with a major pharmaceutical company, he actually tells us about the difficulties in his personal life Enjoyable but not quite what I was expecting

    25. I read it today, it was a quick read Quite interesting about the pharmaceutical industry as well as the genealogical connection.

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