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Antonia Felix presents 'Fatal Remedy'

About the Book:

Minneapolis, MN – November 20, 2014 – There’s big trouble in the Prozac nation. The real-world facts: Children as young as six are being diagnosed as depressed and treated with powerful anti-depressants that come with grave risks. Pharmaceutical companies are paying billion-dollar settlements for cases involving their illegal marketing schemes. And a significant fraction of psychiatrists are embroiled in unethical and, in some states, criminal behavior with their clients.

These and other stark realities of our drug-obsessed society form the plotlines of Antonia Felix’s medical thriller, FATAL REMEDY.

Felix turned to hotly controversial issues in the drug industry and psychiatry for the drama of her novel--set in her hometown Minneapolis--and found the cliché that ‘truth is stranger than fiction’ to be all too true. Based on headline-making news and legal cases across the country, FATAL REMEDY spins a tale of exploitation and criminality in the boardrooms of pharmaceutical companies and in the sanctity of the consulting room and doctor-patient relationship.

The facts tell the chilling story-behind-the-story of FATAL REMEDY:
 A criminal industry. In 2014, China found GlaxoSmithKline guilty of bribery and fined the multi-national drug company nearly $500 million. Previously, GlaxoSmithKline settled with the U.S. government for $3 billion in the largest case of healthcare fraud in U.S. history. 

Charges included targeting an anti-depressant to patients under age 18 when it was approved for adults only, conducting illegal marketing, and more.
 Antidepressants are the #1 prescription drug taken by people aged 18 to 44
 Antidepressants are the third most common prescription drug taken by Americans of all ages
 1 out of 10 Americans aged 12 and above takes an antidepressant drug: that’s 11% of the nation’s population
 Anti-depressants are killing kids: Marketing these drugs to a wider market—children and teens—may have brought millions in new profits to the drug companies, but the side effects finally compelled the FDA to put its strongest warning label on these drugs.

A criminal industry. In 2014, China found GlaxoSmithKline guilty of bribery and fined the multi-national drug company nearly $500 million. Previously, GlaxoSmithKline settled with the U.S. government for $3 billion in the largest case of healthcare fraud in U.S. history. Charges included targeting an anti-depressant to patients under age 18 when it was approved for adults only, conducting illegal marketing, and more.
 Antidepressants are the #1 prescription drug taken by people aged 18 to 44
 Antidepressants are the third most common prescription drug taken by Americans of all ages
 1 out of 10 Americans aged 12 and above takes an antidepressant drug: that’s 11% of the nation’s population
 Anti-depressants are killing kids: Marketing these drugs to a wider market—children and teens—may have brought millions in new profits to the drug companies, but the side effects finally compelled the FDA to put its strongest warning label on these drugs: black box labeling warns that these drugs “can trigger suicidal ideation in adolescents.”


 The U.S. is the only country in the world that allows drugs to be directly advertised to consumers. All those TV commercials about drugs for depression have led to general practitioners prescribing antidepressants “like M&M’s,” and in the last 20 years, prescriptions for antidepressants have increased by 400%.
 The American Medical Association’s shocking findings: According to its own study about medical board disciplinary actions against physicians, the AMA said that while psychiatrists accounted for only about 6% of physicians in the country, they made up nearly 30% of doctors disciplined for sex-related offenses.
 A nation-wide crackdown: 19 states have adopted laws that criminalize psychiatrist or other doctor-patient sexual misconduct.

About the Author:

Antonia Felix's books include the first biographies of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, National Security Advisor/Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former NATO Commander Gen. Wesley Clark, former New Jersey Governor and EPA Director Christi Todd Whitman, First Lady Laura Bush, superstar tenor Andrea Bocelli, and others. She has appeared on many TV and radio networks, is a popular public speaker on women in politics, co-producer and co-host of a radio show about writers and poets, and a former adjunct professor at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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