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Blood Feud: The Man Who Blew the Whistle on One of the Deadliest Prescription Drugs Ever (2011)

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Blood Feud is the electrifying true tale of Big Pharma's power, regulatory weakness, and the terrifying vulnerability of millions of innocent patients

The Drug: Procrit

An anti-anemia drug, this miraculous blood booster was one of the first biotech blockbusters. Developed by Amgen and licensed to a Johnson & Johnson company, the drug was sold by the two companies under the brand names Procrit, Epogen, and Arenesp.

The Underdog: Mark Duxbury, Drug Salesman

Duxbury was the gung-ho salesman for the new biotech division of J&J, an irrepressible character full of jokes. In the early 1990s, he set out to spread the benefits of Procrit, and became a true believer and top seller. But he and his peers were told to steal business from J&J's partner, Amgen. Then came the marketing studies, the off-invoice rebates, doctor payments, and off-label claims. Duxbury tried to stop some of these ruthless programs, but was fired on trumped-up charges. He tried anything to warn the public: testifying in a secret arbitration, joining a class action effort, and filing a whistleblower suit. But he was thwarted at nearly every turn-until the surprising end.

The Best Friend: Dean McClellan, Drug Legend

Dean McClellan was Duxbury's friendly rival. He tried to beat his buddy's record and wound up selling $170 million worth of the drug, becoming a legend. When Duxbury got fired, McClellan tried to distance himself. But as news of Procrit's deadly power started to surface, McClellan agreed to hand over thousands of damning documents and help his friend blow the whistle on J&J.

The Crusader: Jan Schlichtmann, Esq.

Remember Jan Schlichtmann, protagonist of the best-selling book and Oscar nominated movie, A Civil Action? When he learned of Duxbury's mission, he felt the old fire rising in his belly and signed on. Now, he's gambling on yet another long shot, trying to fight on behalf of not just millions of cancer patients, but for every American who overpays for health-care.

File Duration
00 Title, Prologue.mp3 5m48s
01 p1 c01 Meet and Greet.mp3 35m59s
02 c02 The Deal.mp3 37m10s
03 c03 Medicine Road.mp3 25m19s
04 c04 Raise the Stakes.mp3 24m53s
05 c05 The Cancer Indication.mp3 31m53s
06 c06 Chosen One.mp3 35m51s
07 p2 c07 The Deposition.mp3 22m19s
08 c08 On the Border.mp3 34m16s
09 c09 Blues.mp3 40m0s
10 c10 Quality of Life.mp3 33m35s
11 c11 Gaslighting.mp3 26m5s
12 c12 The Overdose Plan.mp3 36m19s
13 p3 c13 The Millionaires Club.mp3 45m48s
14 c14 Strength for Living.mp3 32m7s
15 c15 Code Mistress.mp3 49m39s
16 c16 The Arbitrator.mp3 33m21s
17 c17 For the King.mp3 31m8s
18c18 Black Ops.mp3 27m5s
19 c19 The Eleventh Hour.mp3 29m13s
20 p4 c20 Twice Saved.mp3 34m41s
21 c21 Miracle-Gro.mp3 44m34s
22 c22 Brothers.mp3 28m17s
23 c23 As The World Spins.mp3 33m22s
24 c24 The Burden.mp3 37m27s
Total Duration 13h36m09s

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