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Dramatic and topical, Adverse Reactions tells the story of the fenoterol controversy, a major medical scandal some 15 years ago involving the asthma drug fenoterol, which was causing an epidemic of asthma deaths. Author Neil Pearce was one of the researchers who discovered, in hostile and often stressful circumstances, that fenoterol was the cause of this dreadful epidemic. In Adverse Reactions: The Fenoterol Story, Pearce tells the story of this discovery from a personal perspective but it is one that raises many serious issues about drug safety internationally and about the contest between money and science in medical research. Adverse Reactions makes gripping reading and, while the epidemic occurred in New Zealand, its consequences and the detective story of the discovery of the cause of those deaths attracted wide international attention.
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Emilie Frèche, lauréate du Prix Orange du Livre 2013 pour "Deux étrangers"