The Poisoning of America

Gerald Posner is an award-winning journalist who has written twelve books, including the Pulitzer Prize finalist Case Closed and multiple national bestsellers. His 2015 book, God’s Bankers, a two-hundred-year history of the finances of the Vatican, was an acclaimed New York Times bestseller. Posner has written for many national magazines and papers, including the New York Times, the New Yorker, Newsweek, and Time, and has been a regular contributor to NBC, the History Channel, CNN, CBS, MSNBC, and Fox News. He lives in Miami Beach with his wife, author Trisha Posner.

From the book jacket of Gerald Posner’s book PHARMA…

” Award-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author Gerald Posner traces the heroes and villains of trillion-dollar-a-year pharmaceutical industry and uncovers how those once trusted with improving life have often betrayed that ideal to corruption and reckless profiteering; with deadly consequences.

Pharmaceutical breakthroughs such as anti-biotics and vaccines rank among some of the greatest advancements in human history. Yet exorbitant prices for life-saving drugs, safety recalls affecting tens of millions of Americans, and soaring rates of addiction and overdose on prescription opioids have caused  many to lose faith in drug companies. Now, Americans are demanding a national reckoning with a monolithic industry.

PHARMA introduces brilliant scientists, incorruptible government regulators, and brave whistleblowers facing off against company executives often blinded by greed. A business that profits from treating ills can create far deadlier problems than it cures. Addictive products are part of the industry’s DNA, from the days when the corner drugstores sold morphine, heroin, and cocaine, to the past two decades of dangerously overprescribed opioids.

* PHARMA also uncovers the real story of the Saclers, the family that became one of America’s wealthiest from the success of OxyContin, their blockbuster narcotic painkiller at the center of the opioid crisis. Relying on thousands of pages of government and corporate archives, dozens of hours of interviews with insiders and previously classified FBI  files, Posner exposes the secrets of the Sackler’s rise to power-revelations that have long been buried under a byzantine web of interlocking companies with ever-changing names and hidden owners. The unexpected twists and turns of the Sackler family saga are against the startling chronicle of a powerful industry that sits at the intersection of public health and profits. PHARMA reveals how and why American drug companies have put earnings ahead of patients.”



* What supports and barriers were in play?

* What were the dynamics?

* Who, or what, won the Tug-of-War?

* Discuss the outcome with your family and friends.

* Use Post #4 as a reference for the relationships and dynamics between supports and barriers.