Billy Kenber Sick Money: Sky-high Prices and Dirty Tricks


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From the American hedge fund manager who drastically hiked the price of an AIDS pill to the children's cancer drugs left intentionally to expire in a Spanish warehouse, the signs of this dysfunction are all around. A system built to drive innovation and improve patient care has been distorted to maximise profits.

In Sick Money, the investigative journalist who exposed a billion-pound British price-hiking scandal goes inside the global battle over high drug prices. From secret deals to patients forced to turn to the black market, Billy Kenber reveals how medicines have become nothing more than financial assets. He offers a diagnosis of an industry in crisis - and a prescription for how it could be fixed.

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'Billy Kenber is one of the most promising young journalists in the land, and he has, unsurprisingly, produced a compelling debut which surprises, entertains and inspires dismay. An essential read'
- Sathnam Sanghera

'Billy Kenber does a fantastic job, pulling apart the origins of the drugs industry and machinations of its shameless profiteers with surgical precision . . . it's quite a ride. A must-read for anyone who wants to understand how the drugs industry really does its business'
- Jacques Peretti

'Terrific reporting and a lucid and clear expose of how the drug industry too often puts profits ahead of patients'
- Gerald Posner

'[Sick Money] distinguishes itself from many other books by its investigative power and meticulous clarity'
- The Times

'A forensic and very readable account of the reforms needed to make the pharmaceutical industry serve the public good as well as private profit . . . Kenber's ground-breaking investigative reporting has . . . resulted in a change in the law in the UK, intervention by regulators, cuts in the price of some medicines, life-changing benefits for patients, savings of hundreds of millions of pounds for the NHS and record fines for drug firms'
- Andrew Grice


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