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Pharma:
Greed, Lies, and the Poisoning of America

Please Note: This event has been canceled
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Date

Apr
6
Monday
April 6, 2020
7:00 PM

Location

Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138

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This event is free; no tickets are required.

Update

This event has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience, and we hope to reschedule.


Harvard Book Store welcomes award-winning journalist GERALD POSNER—author of bestselling, Pulitzer Prize finalist Case Closed—for a discussion of his latest book, Pharma: Greed, Lies, and the Poisoning of America.

About Pharma

Pharmaceutical breakthroughs such as antibiotics 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, in-corruptible 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 corner drugstores sold morphine, heroin, and cocaine, to the past two decades of dangerously overprescribed opioids.

Pharma also uncovers the real story of the Sacklers, 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 Sacklers’ 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 told 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.

Praise for Pharma 

"I could not put down Gerald Posner’s Pharma . . . Posner has unearthed important new material that illuminates our national tragedy, crafting a meticulously reported page-turner that is as juicy as it is clear-eyed." —Beth Macy, New York Times bestselling author of Dopesick

"A shocking, rousing condemnation of an industry clearly in need of better policing." —Kirkus

"Posner has created a medical leviathan for our times." —LitHub

Gerald Posner
Gerald Posner

Gerald Posner

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 he 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.

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