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The Inside Story Of The Generic Drug Boom

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Cool Science Radio welcomes investigative journalist and Fortune  magazine contributor Katherine Eban. Last time you filled a prescription, did you pay attention to whether the prescription you received was a generic drug? You likely hoped so, because generics are always cheaper. In fact, the widespread use of generic drugs has been hailed as one of the most important public health developments of the twentieth century. But who is manufacturing these generics, under what conditions and against what standards? Who is testing them and how do we know they are identical to the brand name? Over ten years, across four continents, and more than 240 interviews, Eban joins us to discuss her new book: Bottle of Lies, The inside Story of the Generic Drug Boom. Welcome to Cool Science Radio. (Rebroadcast) 

Lynn Ware Peek is a long-time contributor to KPCW. She joined the station in 2008 with Tales from the Wasatch Back, was a reporter from 2012 to 2016, and co-hosts and produces two of KPCW’s Public Affairs Hour shows, The Mountain Life, on health and lifestyle, on Wednesdays and Cool Science Radio, tackling science and technology every Thursday.
John's curiosity with science and technology began at the age of 7 with the country's space program. With a subscription his parents gave him to Popular Science and Popular Mechanics along with other periodicals and Walter Cronkite's evening broadcast he studied everything space. He followed the lives of America's test pilots and astronauts who piloted Mercury, Gemini and Apollo spacecraft. His curiosity in how things were built led him to dismantling the family's window fan, toaster and lawnmower. Taking apart things was easy. Putting them back together, well, not so much. John grew up in New York state and Massachusetts with 2 brothers and 2 sisters. He received a BA in Economics and Sociology from the University of Maryland.