The true story about a small group of psychiatric survivors who challenged Big Pharma
A riveting first-hand account of what really happened…
On December 17, 2006, The New York Times began a series of front-page stories about documents obtained from Alaska lawyer Jim Gottstein, showing Eli Lilly had concealed that its top-selling drug caused diabetes and other life-shortening metabolic problems. The “Zyprexa Papers,” as they came to be known, also showed Eli Lilly was illegally promoting the use of Zyprexa on children and the elderly, with particularly lethal effects. Although Mr. Gottstein believes he obtained the Zyprexa Papers legally, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York in Brooklyn decided he had conspired to steal the documents, and Eli Lilly threatened Mr. Gottstein with criminal contempt charges. In The Zyprexa Papers, Mr. Gottstein gives a riveting first-hand account of what really happened, including new details about how a small group of psychiatric survivors spread the Zyprexa Papers on the Internet untraceably. All of this within a gripping, plain-language explanation of complex legal maneuvering and his battles on behalf of Bill Bigley, the psychiatric patient whose ordeal made possible the exposure of the Zyprexa Papers.
Praise of The Zyprexa Papers includes:
“The Zyprexa Paper tells of Jim Gottstein’s valiant efforts to expose Eli Lilly’s corrupt marketing of its antipsychotic drug, which led to such great public harm, is at once riveting, important, and enraging. He paid a dear price for his whistleblower efforts, even as Eli Lilly raked in billions.”
Robert Whitaker, author of Anatomy of an Epidemic and Mad in America.
“The Zyprexa Papers is not simply about the harm done by blockbuster psychiatric drugs and drug company illegal marketing. It is also about the perversion of the U.S. legal system, as Gottstein illuminates the courts’ use of secrecy orders in settlement agreements to the detriment of the public.”
Bruce Levine, author of Commonsense Rebellion: Taking Back Your Life from Drugs, Shrinks, Corporations, and a World Gone Crazy.
“The Zyprexa Papers is the riveting account of Alaska attorney Jim Gottstein’s encounter with the pharmaceutical giant Eli Lilly, a battle centered around Eli Lilly’s wanton misuse of the drug Zyprexa.”
Eric Maisel, Ph.D., author of Lighting the Way and The Power of Daily Practice.
Samizdat Health Writer’s Co-operative is pleased to announce it has acquired the rights to publish the hardcover edition of The Zyprexa Papers by Jim Gottstein. Samizdat author David Healy said “The Zyprexa Papers is exactly the kind of book Samizdat was founded to publish. It is a first-hand expose of powerful actors that conventional publishers were not likely to risk publishing.” The hardcover edition of The Zyprexa Papers will be published June 1, 2021.
Jim Gottstein grew up in Anchorage, Alaska where his father was a prominent businessman and his mother one of the most beloved women in town. Jim was on track to go into the family grocery and real estate empire, studying for a business degree at the University of Oregon when the law found him during his required Business Law class. He didn’t miss a question the entire class and realized law was a good fit. He managed to get into Harvard Law School as the only sky-diving applicant from Alaska that year. After graduating from law school in 1978, Jim went into private practice in Anchorage with Robert M. Goldberg, primarily representing Alaska Native organizations. In 1982, he experienced a psychotic break due to sleep deprivation and was introduced first hand to the mental illness system. He was told he would be permanently mentally ill and to forget about his law career. Luckily, he escaped psychiatry and the experience led him to legal representation and other advocacy for people diagnosed with mental illness not as lucky as he. Jim opened his own law office in 1985, generally focused on business matters, and is now mostly retired from the private practice of law. In 2002, Jim founded the Law Project for Psychiatric Rights (PsychRights) to mount a strategic litigation campaign against forced psychiatric drugging and electroshock, and to inform the public about the counterproductive and harmful nature of the drugs and shock.
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The Zyprexa Papers, Hardcover edition
Publish Date: June 1, 2021
The Zyprexa Papers
by Jim Gottstein
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