Big Pharma vs. The Truth: The Goose that Laid the Golden Egg
Did you know that Vitamin A, taken in excess, is believed to cause depression? Accutane, that remarkably popular drug once prescribed to teens and still available in generic form, is a “molecular cousin” of Vitamin A.
Accutane was prescribed for people suffering from “extreme scarring acne,” but in 2001, Dr. Doug Bremner began research that indicated a very different, extreme effect of Accutane. He found a causal relationship between Accutane and depression—a relationship believed to have resulted in hundreds of teen suicides and homicides.
Manufacturer Hoffman-LaRoche did not welcome Bremner’s findings. In fact, according to Bremner, the drug giant launched a campaign to discredit him that was “designed to suppress his findings and destroy his career and livelihood.” Written in a tremendously informal, nearly stream-of-consciousness style, The Goose that Laid the Golden Egg is a memoir of sorts that chronicles his experiences researching Accutane and warring with Hoffman-LaRoche, and the effects they had on him both professionally and personally.
Even more than an indictment of Accutane or Hoffman-LaRoche, The Goose that Laid the Golden Egg is a study of personal relationships, loss, grief, “virtual” infidelity, and recovery. Throughout its pages Bremner takes the reader on a very personal journey through the emotional problems he suffered as a result of publishing his research findings, problems that were complicated by his feelings about the death of his mother when he was younger.
The Goose that Laid the Golden Egg is not a scientific report filled with statistics, analysis, and reports; instead it is one man’s story about coming to terms with his life and his defense of valid research.