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Empire of pain : the secret history of the Sackler dynasty / Patrick Radden Keefe.

  • ISBN: 9780385545686
  • ISBN: 0385545681
  • ISBN: 9780385697545
  • ISBN: 0385697546
  • Physical Description: xii, 535 pages : illustrations, genealogical table ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Doubleday, [2021]

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George H. and Ella M. Rodgers Memorial Library B SACKLER 34510011182209 New Books Available -

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 446-515) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Prologue: The taproot -- Patriarch. A good name ; The asylum ; Med man ; Penicillin for the blues ; China fever ; The octopus ; The Dendur derby ; Estrangement ; Ghost marks ; To thwart the inevitability of death -- Dynasty. Apollo ; Heir apparent ; Matter of Sackler ; The ticking clock ; God of dreams ; H-bomb ; Sell, sell, sell ; Ann Hedonia ; The Pablo Escobar of the new millennium ; Take the fall -- Legacy. Turks ; Tamperproof ; Ambassadors ; It's a hard truth, ain't it ; Temple of greed ; Warpath ; Named defendants ; The phoenix ; Un-naming -- Afterword.
Summary, etc.:
Presents a portrait of three generations of the Sackler family, who built their fortune on the sale of Valium and later sponsored the creation and marketing of one of the most commonly prescribed and addictive painkillers of the opioid crisis.
The Sacklers are one of the richest families in the world, known for their lavish donations to the arts and the sciences. The source of the family fortune was vague, however, until it emerged that the Sacklers were responsible for making and marketing a blockbuster painkiller that was the catalyst for the opioid crisis. Keefe begins with the three doctor brothers, Raymond, Mortimer and Arthur, who weathered the poverty of the Great Depression and appalling anti-Semitism. Working at a barbaric mental institution, Arthur conducted groundbreaking research into drug treatments, devised the marketing for Valium, and built the first great Sackler fortune. Forty years later the template he created to sell Valium was employed to launch a far more potent product: OxyContin. -- adapted from jacket
Subject: Sackler family.
Sackler, Arthur M. > Family.
Purdue Pharma L.P.
Rich people > United States > Biography.
Pharmaceutical industry > Marketing.
Pharmaceutical industry > Corrupt practices.
Genre: Family histories

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