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The Resource Empire of pain : the secret history of the Sackler dynasty, Patrick Radden Keefe

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

Label
Empire of pain : the secret history of the Sackler dynasty
Title
Empire of pain
Title remainder
the secret history of the Sackler dynasty
Statement of responsibility
Patrick Radden Keefe
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • 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 Sackler name adorns the walls of many storied institutions--Harvard, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Oxford, the Louvre. They 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. Empire of Pain begins with the story of three doctor brothers, Raymond, Mortimer and the incalculably energetic Arthur, who weathered the poverty of the Great Depression and appalling anti-Semitism. Working at a barbaric mental institution, Arthur saw a better way and conducted groundbreaking research into drug treatments. He also had a genius for marketing, especially for pharmaceuticals, and bought a small ad firm. Arthur devised the marketing for Valium, and built the first great Sackler fortune. He purchased a drug manufacturer, Purdue Frederick, which would be run by Raymond and Mortimer. The brothers began collecting art, and wives, and grand residences in exotic locales. Their children and grandchildren grew up in luxury. Forty years later, Raymond's son Richard ran the family-owned Purdue. The template Arthur Sackler created to sell Valium--co-opting doctors, influencing the FDA, downplaying the drug's addictiveness--was employed to launch a far more potent product: OxyContin. The drug went on to generate some thirty-five billion dollars in revenue, and to launch a public health crisis in which hundreds of thousands would die
Biography type
collective biography
Cataloging source
NjBwBT
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1976-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Keefe, Patrick Radden
Dewey number
  • 929.20973
  • B
Illustrations
genealogical tables
Index
index present
LC call number
CT274.S175
LC item number
K44 2021
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Sackler family
  • Sackler, Arthur M.
  • Purdue Pharma L.P
  • Rich people
  • Pharmaceutical industry
  • Pharmaceutical industry
Label
Empire of pain : the secret history of the Sackler dynasty, Patrick Radden Keefe
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
Genealogical table on endpapers
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 453-515) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xii, 535 pages
Isbn
9780385697545
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
genealogical table
System control number
(OCoLC)on1243902032
Label
Empire of pain : the secret history of the Sackler dynasty, Patrick Radden Keefe
Publication
Copyright
Note
Genealogical table on endpapers
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 453-515) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xii, 535 pages
Isbn
9780385697545
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
genealogical table
System control number
(OCoLC)on1243902032

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