Book of the Week 9/19/11

If there is one book consumers should buy to educate themselves in becoming more savvy about the drug Accutane, Dr. Doug Bremner’s The Goose That Laid The Golden Egg would be that ultimate choice.

Dr. Bremner delves into the background of Accutane, developed by Hoffmann-La Roche and used for the treatment of acne. Billions of the drug was selling in 2001. It was not long before evidence was revealed that between 300 and 3,000 young people who were prescribed Accutane either committed suicide or murdered someone else.

The Goose That Laid The Golden Egg is the result of Dr. Bremner’s research to find a link between depression and Accutane during his time as Professor of Psychiatry and Radiology at Emory University, and through his findings, the drug did have an effect on brains of some patients taking Accutane and developed acute depression, while side effects were lethal in others. Dr. Bremner also points out in his book that Accutane is a molecular cousin of Vitamin A, which, also taken in large quantities, can cause acute depression.

In spite of the aforementioned findings, what Hoffmann-La Roche did next is also outlined in The Goose That Laid The Golden Egg is both shocking and appalling.

The Goose That Laid The Golden Egg is a well-written, informative account of not only Dr. Bremner’s research of Accutane’s side effects, but also offers additional information for consumers to take heed and ask questions before accepting any type of prescription. This book speaks the truth in bare-bones wording on how some giant pharmaceutical companies sweeping uncomfortable truths under the rug, resulting in deaths of innocent people.

The Goose That Laid The Golden Egg is a powerful book which should be required reading before making informed decisions about any drug – not just treatments like Accutane.