American Guinea PigAmerican Guinea Pig generally addresses all of the problems in the drug industry that lead to 230,000 deaths per year in the U.S., along with 2.3 million hospital-stays and annual healthcare costs in excess of $200 billion. The primary focus, however, is how and why the FDA is a major contributor to these statistics and the changes that need to take place to fix the outdated and pro-industry system of testing and monitoring of drugs. Finally, the book offers practical and effective steps that consumers of drug products can take to significantly reduce the risk of taking a trip to the hospital or the morgue because of these problems.

The book draws its name from the fact that well over 50% of all new drugs entering the market have a serious adverse reaction/side effect – capable of either killing or hospitalizing its user – that is not disclosed on the drug’s labeling. In fact, between 1998 and 2005 there was a 2.6-fold increase in serious adverse drug reactions reported to the FDA, 87.6% of which were new and serious drug reactions not warned about in the product labeling. This means that neither the drugs’ users nor their prescribing physicians had any warning about these dangers – and why the American public has become a guinea pig for the drug industry.