Being from healthcare background, I have seen first hand, how small and medium sized pharma mfr plants skirt the rules and try to hide things from local FDA; and in cases where they can't, the inspectors are handsomely rewarded to look away. But to read about this to be happening on really big multinational Indian pharma companies like Ranbaxy, Wockhard, Dr Reddy's, etc is nothing short of astonishing and depressing.
While one always wants to believe that Indian companies would never sell substandard products in India, this books makes me think... why not? If they don't have any ethical bone to stop from doctoring every kind of documentation to skirt the rules for profits., what is stopping them to do the same in Indian market... Indian FDA!
Well researched and told, this is a must read for every Indian.
It is a book every person should read. Lack of Documentation and unethical deeds, which are unfortunately parasiting every walk of life has corrupted medicine too. Is it not birth right for anyone in the world to stay healthy! Why do industrialists corrupt and play with lives? This book is a bold and thrilling account of all this.
Gripping story about how Indian pharma companies take shortcuts and create low quality generic drugs. Eye opener in terms of the pharma industry. The narrative jumps about here and there but the storyline holds tight.
Well researched book. Equally hard hitting. It is a pity that we have to learn about this from an American author...Indian media is occupied elsewhere. Ranbaxy was a revered brand in my childhood. Sad to realize how many people and families accross nations were directly and indirectly impacted because of the malpractices and continue to be impacted. Not just in India but the big shot companies in US are also not squeaky clean. Reading about all the generic companies in India was an eye opener. This book literally shook my core. I dont know what to trust anymore. If you have a sick person in your family who consumes lots of medicines after reading this book you will be constantly worried about their health and the side effects of medicines consumed.
I have read better books... I have read sadder stories but this is the first book which made me cry inconsolably. Maybe because my mother has been dependent on medicines for too long and the book struck a personal cord. Guess I would never know if my mother is not recovering because of ill suited low quality contaminated medicines. My questions will remain unanswered. Ohh the lies we have been fed. Is there any hope for tomorrow? Is there a way out? When no company can be trusted what should we consume?
The author has taken a lot of effort and pains to put together a good book exposing the lies of Ranbaxy and a few other Pharma companies.It takes two for a tango! The FDA's part Is equally shoddy.It is seen as inefficient or corrupt or both. It took a whistle blower from India to unearth all the lies at Ranbaxy.Not creditable enough for FDA.And people consider it to be a gold standard.That the promoters of Ranbaxy could cheat FDA and Daiichi Sankyo and still go scot free and now living a life of luxury makes one's blood boil! The cover of the book should read as " the dark side of Ranbaxy and FDA". Both are guilty.A good read and it certainly puts a fear of taking cheap generic drugs.
Its really must read for all . Nation will be stronger with high moral values rather with "chalta hai" attitude. When cronis think they can screw the consumer and destroy the system ..dont forget TRUTH and KARMA will catch you one day.
Wonderful book. Very thorough investigative journalist researched book. Tells the sad and unfortunate story of Ranbaxy and details the horrors of generic medicine shady manufacturing practises. A must read for everyone.
A very balanced analysis of what ails API manufacturing and about pitfalls of remote controlled quality assurance of transnational manufacturing of bulk drugs. It busts the myth of how capable drug control authorities may be in assuring protection of patient interest when cost is king and manufacturing may be removed by a few continents irrespective of which country ‘s manufactures may be involved
An eye opener if all that is reported is honest account of actual practices.. it’s scared the hell out of me now when ever I pop a pill. How can human beings be so ruthless and criminal in their mind set. Do they( pharma companies)realise when a patient goes to the doctor he seeks help but inadvertently he is getting sucked into this brutal reality that he or she may be becoming permanent patient .