Blockbuster Drugs: The Rise and Decline of the Pharmaceutical Industry

Blockbuster Drugs The Rise and Decline of the Pharmaceutical Industry Blockbuster drugs each of which generates than a billion dollars a year in revenue have revolutionized the industry since the early s when sales of Tagamet alone transformed a minor Philadelphia

  • Title: Blockbuster Drugs: The Rise and Decline of the Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Author: Jie Jack Li
  • ISBN: 9780199737680
  • Page: 180
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Blockbuster drugs each of which generates than a billion dollars a year in revenue have revolutionized the industry since the early 1980s, when sales of Tagamet alone transformed a minor Philadelphia based firm into the world s ninth largest pharmaceutical company In Blockbuster Drugs, Jie Jack Li tells the fascinating stories behind the discovery and development ofBlockbuster drugs each of which generates than a billion dollars a year in revenue have revolutionized the industry since the early 1980s, when sales of Tagamet alone transformed a minor Philadelphia based firm into the world s ninth largest pharmaceutical company In Blockbuster Drugs, Jie Jack Li tells the fascinating stories behind the discovery and development of these highly lucrative medicines, while also exploring the tumult the industry now faces as the patent cliff nears Having spent most of his career in drug research and development, Li brings an insider s eye to the narrative as he recounts the tales of discovery behind such drugs as Tagamet, Zantac, Claritin, Prilosec, Nexium, Serouquel, Plavix, and Ambien As he discusses each breakthrough, Li also shows that scientific research is filled with human drama serendipitous discoveries, sudden insights, tense confrontations For instance, the author tells of James Black, who persisted in the research that led to Tagamet and that would ultimately win him a Nobel Prize despite pressure from top executives to pursue profitable work The book shows how research behind Prilosec combined creativity, international cooperation, and luck the turning point being a chance encounter of American and Swedish scientists at a conference in Uppsala There are also tales of fabulous rewards George Rieveschl, the chemist who invented Benadryl, made a fortune on royalties and of unjust desserts Finally, Li shows that for the world s largest prescription drug manufacturers, recent years have been harrowing, as many popular drugs have come off patent in the U.S market, meaning hundreds of billions of dollars in lost revenue Anyone who enjoys tales of scientific discovery, or is curious about the history behind the prescriptions they take, or wants a revealing inside look at the pharmaceutical industry will find this book well worth reading.

    One thought on “Blockbuster Drugs: The Rise and Decline of the Pharmaceutical Industry”

    1. The title is a bit of a misnomer. The book has very little to do with the rise and fall of pharma. What this book does show is how big name drugs are created, the drama and science behind them and how the idiosyncrasies of scientists and companies can change the composition and success of a drug. Having some college level chemistry is important for understanding some of the cooler points in this book. The writing is a little sloppy but the topics and information is very interesting. Would recomm [...]

    2. I give this book three stars because I thought some of the descriptions of how the drugs were developed are worth a careful reading. I really think they should have used a more "serious" tile for the text has a little bit more "density" than the announced in the jacket. Nothing wrong with that, though, but a little surprising.

    3. Хорошее популярное введение в историю лекарств-блокбастеров, с интересными подробностями. Определённо стоит читать, чтобы понять основные проблемы и сложности.Основной недостаток -- несистематическое иллюстрирование. Формулы сгруппированы в конце книги, при этом не все [...]

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