You might be surprised about what really goes into the development of new drugs and getting us to buy them … especially since two-thirds of the US population now take prescription drugs. And Americans spend more on medicating themselves than all the people of Japan, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, and Argentina–combined! Researchers say that one American dies every five minutes from prescription drugs “taken as directed.” Find out what you need to know … listen to podcast now or tune in today at noon Pacific Time.

Melody Petersen is a former reporter for The New York Times, where she covered the pharmaceutical industry. Her investigative reporting won a Gerald Loeb award – one of the highest honors in business journalism. She’s been on Bill Moyer’s Journal and in her new book – Our Daily Meds – Petersen, investigates the pharmaceutical industry and how its marketers “invent diseases to sell the pills that ‘cure’ them”. The New York Times calls this Melody Petersen’s work “Tough, cogent, and disturbing … A chilling investigation.” Rebroadcast.

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