Death by Prescription is the new book by Terence Young. Terence is the founder and Chair of Drug Safety Canada, a research and public advocacy organization based in Oakville. He has been active in issues related to prescription drug safety since 2000, after losing his fifteen year old daughter Vanessa to the Johnson & Johnson prescription drug Prepulsid.
His website, http://www.deathbyprescription.com/ carries the tag:
DEATH BY PRESCRIPTION
A FATHER TAKES ON HIS DAUGHTER'S KILLER - THE MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY
Terence Young’s Book Launch Speech can be read HERE and HERE you can listen to Terence’s April 14, 2009 talk with Mike Stafford, host of the Stafford Show on AM640 Toronto Radio.
Terence, along with Neil Carlin and Mary Ann Murray, have all been campaigning for stronger measures to prevent such deaths in the future.
Their story can be read HERE
I stand right beside Terence, Neil and Mary in their quest for the truth.
You can order a copy of the book HERE
In Death by Prescription you will learn:
That the Canadian Pharmacists’ Association – who have good business reasons to want people to buy drugs, report that between $2 – $9 billion is wasted every year on inappropriately used drugs.
How forty-one drugs have been pulled off the market since the sixties and no one at Health Canada even kept a record of why.
How one drug was responsible for the deaths of as many U.S citizens as the Vietnam War.
How in Ontario, when a drug causes a patient death, the Coroner’s office routinely categorizes that as a ‘natural’ death.
How the big pharma companies cover up deaths by blaming them (in many cases with no evidence) on overdose, another drug, or the patient themselves.
How one decision by a lone drug reviewer at Health Canada could lead to over $100 million in sales for one drug if they approve it, yet reviewers attend closed-door meetings, where no minutes are taken, with drug company executives.
How doctors accept and distribute over $4 billion a year in ‘free samples’ of new drugs that are in fact in Phase Four of clinical trials, and any patient taking a new drug is part of a giant trial to which few have consented.
How the pharmaceutical companies spend $20,000 a year on average per doctor – mostly to “high scrip docs” – to create debts of gratitude the doctors have only one way to repay: by testing the newest and most expensive drugs on you and your family members.