Praise for Dangerous Doses


“In a reminiscent of some of the best detective storytellers, Eban takes us breathlessly through robberies, back-room deals, cluttered and dirty warehouses, crooked dealers, sociopathic profiteers, shell companies, and state and federal laws so porous that convicted felons can become prescription-drug brokers.

— Dr. Jerome P. Kassirer, The Boston Globe


“In Dangerous Doses, Katherine Eban showed how vulnerable America’s drug supply is to counterfeiters. With such dangers lurking, it often seemed as if the real world trumped fiction this year.” 

— John Freeman, Newark Star-Ledger, 2005: The Year in Review

“The book is the page-turner result of a painstaking investigation into what happens when a poorly-regulated industry, enabled by a lack of price controls on drugs in the USA, is allowed to operate.”

— The Lancet

“Looking for some not very light summer reading? Check out Katherine Eban’s Dangerous Doses: How Counterfeiters Are Contaminating America’s Drug Supply. It comes very highly recommended.”

— Fortune


“Of the many well-documented horror stories associated with the U.S. Healthcare System, none are more shocking and hard to believe than that exposed by investigative reporter Katherine Eban in Dangerous Doses: How Counterfeiters are Contaminating America’s Drug Supply….You also want to give a copy of Dangerous Doses to everyone you know, as it is not just a great page turner but an important book that demands the widest possible audience.”



“The book reads like a good novel….If this book receives wide attention, it could deal another blow to an already reeling pharmaceutical industry and users of prescription drugs will be wary after reading it.”

 Publishers Weekly

“Ms. Eban has written a riveting tale about an enterprising group of cops, pharmacy inspectors, and state prosecutors who ran Operation Stone Cold, a complicated investigation into a flourishing gray market in prescription drugs.”

— The New York Sun

“Katherine Eban has delivered a dangerous dose of truth about the drugs that keep Americans alive. Her “murder-she-wrote” dramatic narrative turns everyone’s neighborhood drugstore into a possible crime scene.

— Wayne Barrett, author of Rudy! An Investigative Biography


“Warning: Katherine Eban’s Dangerous Doses: How Counterfeiters Are Contaminating America’s Drug Supply can give you headaches, raise your blood pressure and provoke anxiety. In extreme cases, it can leave you staring at a bottle of medicine and wondering: What do these pills really contain? … In her vibrant tale, Eban introduces us to [counterfeiting victims] and makes the message clear: It shouldn’t happen to anyone, and it could happen to you.” 

— Tom Graham, Washington Post


“Katherine Eban’s expose on the poorly regulated prescription drug distribution system will have you calling your doctor to check your meds.”

— Razor

“If it’s a medical investigative thriller – true life – which is needed, look no further than Katherine Eban’s Dangerous Doses.”

— Bookwatch

“Few books have been written about this frightening topic, so Eban’s expos will make a valuable addition to any library. Highly recommended.

 Library Journal


“Katherine Eban combines investigative diligence, a natural story teller’s gift for narrative, and a consumer advocate’s practical prescriptions for what to do about the counterfeit drugs that may have contaminated the supply at your local drug store. The result: A rare literary event-muckraking with a human face.”

— Victor Navasky, former Publisher and Editorial Director, The Nation


“An expos that wades into more rank Florida unseemliness than a Carl Hiaasen novel, and easily boasts three times the number of sleazebag villains.”


“Eban’s incisive book should be required reading for everyone.”

— Kirkus, Best Books of 2005

“Katherine Eban has pulled together the most detailed account yet of the games greedy wholesalers and drug counterfeiters play with patients’ health.”

— The Boston Globe Business Section


“This is a book that comes along so rarely in non-fiction-brilliantly reported, written with the pace of a potboiler and harrowing in its societal repercussions. In Dangerous Doses, Katherine Eban takes us on a journey into the underbelly of the pharmaceutical industry so spooky and strange and sinister and deadly, you will have a hard time believing it is true. But it is, every word, which only makes Dangerous Doses shine even more.”

— Buzz Bissinger, author of Friday Night Lights


“At a time when Americans are concerned about the safety of discount drugs from Canada and via the Internet, here comes a well-researched case for worrying about the safety of domestically distributed drugs as well. This riveting page-turner provides a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at drug sales and distribution.”

— Booklist