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Book review of Bottle of Lies: The Inside Story of the Generic Drug Boom

Generic corruption
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Nitin Sethi
Bottle of Lies: The Inside Story of the Generic Drug Boom 
Katherine Eban
HarperCollins
482 pages, price not stated

One of India’s top pharmaceutical companies, Ranbaxy, its promoters and management defrauded the public, faked records, misrepresented facts, lied to authorities, forged scientific and safety records, cut corners around global regulatory regimes, all to knowingly sell sub-standard medicines, threatening lives across countries and continents. For years. 

The only reason we know of it today is on account of a conscientious whistleblower employee who blew the lid off the scam, ultimately causing the company to pay $500 million as penalties while admitting to several crimes

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First Published: May 31 2019 | 1:26 AM IST

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