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3.89  ·  Rating details ·  4,175 ratings  ·  117 reviews
Miracle drugs save lives and ease suffering, but for profit-motivated companies, the miracle is the money they generate...at any cost.  Billions of dollars in profits will make men and women do many things--lie, cheat, even kill.  now one beautiful woman will be caught in the cross fire between ethics and profits.  As Celia Jordan's fast-track career sweeps her into the hi ...more
Paperback, 460 pages
Published June 19th 2001 by Doubleday (first published 1984)
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I recently subscribed to Audible India and this was the first book I chose to listen after a bit of contemplation . Have always enjoyed Arthur Hailey medical fiction from childhood, and most books that I read of him we're before I finished medical studies. Now nearly 2 decades later, with s professional background I am impressed at his astuteness in formulating this fiction which almost resembles facts .
Strong medicine deals with the pharmaceuticals ( pharma) industry, a powerful giant wit
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Anuradha
My grandfather's favourite writer is Arthur Hailey. He introduced my mum to his books, and in turn, she to me. He's not the most popular writer around, I see that, but I feel like his books have a lot more substance than a lot of books of a similar genre (think the likes of Robin Cook). This is for various reasons; for starters, he is a splendid writer - he knows how to "spin a tale". He also does his research well - all his facts are verifiable and true, at least as far as my research skills go ...more
Wsm
Sep 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: arthur-hailey
Hailey wrote this,late in his career,after he had suffered a heart attack.The health crisis turned his attention to the pharmaceutical industry.It is the story of Celia Jordan,a detail woman,and her rise through the ranks of the industry.The book isn't as interesting as Hailey's earlier books,and seems like a continuation of another of his books,The Final Diagnosis.Still,there is something memorable about this book, as it is an in-depth look at the workings of big pharma.Drug companies continue ...more
Monica
Jul 20, 2011 rated it did not like it
I read this only because one of my yoga teachers had cited from this novel- that if you fall sick and take medicine you will get well in a week and if you don't, you will get well in 7 days.

Not my usual reading preference. I read this to understand what it had to say about the pharmaceutical industry. Some interesting insights. But this book was written in the 1980s and a lot of what it said about the big pharmas are things we are more aware of now.

But to give it credit, as a novel and eventua
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Arvind
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
It is amazing how Hailey can write unputdownable books despite being formulaic and using black-or-white characters. Inspired by his wife, this one is comfortably in the better half of Hailey’s novels.
An entertaining, thorough look at the pharmaceutical industry. 2 out of the 3 most popular reviews on goodreads for this one are 1/5. Thankfully friends on goodreads had given a more sensible and favourable review which gave me the heart to pick it up.
Although one of the major characters is a
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Sarah
Jun 05, 2008 rated it did not like it
The story begins in the late fifties with Celia de Grey, a pharmaceutical detail "man" which means she sells prescription drugs to doctors. In a dramatic manner she brings Andrew Jordan MD an experimental drug not on the market for use on his dying young patient and they save her life. Celia informs Andrew she is going to marry him and one month later she does. They honeymoon for three weeks in the Bahamas, where she is a liberated sex kitten, and on the return flight home she informs him of her ...more
Ashwin
Dec 29, 2012 rated it liked it
As with any other book by Hailey, you're left with the feeling that your knowledge of a particular institution or organization has been substantially increased. The story maintains a solid pace and that too comes as no surprise.

However, there is an element of artificiality in the way the characters have been presented. They are too perfectly chiseled and their imperfections if any seem to be contrived. Consequently, every action of theirs can be predicted with ease, this causes the b
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Navatha Rakeesh
May 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Liked this book very much for several reasons. It is a story of how a woman makes her way through the pharmaceutical firm from being a sales rep to the top most executive. It is a thrilling (& chilling) peek into the ways of working in the drug industry, the war between ethics and profits while lots of lives are at stake. The board room politics and gender discrimination have been well portrayed. Enjoyed reading it very much.
Kunal Nayak
Mar 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Arthur Hailey weaves a wonderful story of a detail women named Celia, who with her husband Andrew, becomes the President of a huge Pharmaceutical company named Felding-Roth.

The journey has some ups and downs and Celia does everything to ride them successfully, conquering the hearts of everyone around her.

Arthur Hailey is a brilliant author and Strong Medicine is the proof.
Jo Richardson
May 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
very complicated and fast paced story based on the pharmaceutical industry, both successes and failures
Kristy Hare
Feb 15, 2019 rated it it was ok
First of all, this book took forever because of the way it was written. The writing is passive and to many years are covered. There is a lot in the story that is Filler such as the children's schooling and the tender husband and wife scenes. But, the ending? I Hate endings like what I just read!
This book was not good enough in my mind to make me want to read another one by this author.
Akshay Narayanan
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
The first Arthur Hailey book from which I am shaving off a star. The book has all the hallmarks usual to Arthur Hailey. A heart warming storyline, realistic characters and in midst of narrating the story the author manages to sketch out the intricacies of another industry (Pharmaceuticals this time). While the book is undoubtedly well written, the book was missing something that I have enjoyed about Hailey novels, Namely that the protagonist of the story unlike other thrillers is not attempting ...more
Venkataragavan
Jul 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Two books have made me shed tears, and one of them is "Strong Medicine". Celia Jordan, portrayed as a strong character in the book, albeit with human errors, is instantly likeable. The novel tracks Celia, the protagonist, through her career, starting as a detail person for a pharmaceutical company Felding-Roth and her gradual but resolute rise through the ranks of the company to becoming its President. Her incident with Andrew, a doctor, regarding Lotromycin, and their subsequent marriage, is a ...more
Robert Colquhoun
Would give it 3.5 if I could.
An interesting look into the pharmaceutical industry; the good, the bad and the ugly.
Exemplifies the struggle between profits and ethics of big business and the morals/integrity of those working within big business and government. There's corruption and unscrupulous behaviour in business, government and within the people running such organizations. Hopefully, as there is with the heroine of this story, someone has the conscientious wherewith-all to stand up an
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Eric Wright
Aug 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
In the same line as Hailey's Hotel, Airport and Overload, Strong Medicine portrays a facet of modern life as lived through the eyes of strong characters. In this case, a strong woman (Celia Jordan) who wants both a career and a good marriage, rises through the ranks of a large pharmaceutical company.

Through her experiences and those of her doctor husband, we catch a rather scary picture of the development and sale of drugs in America and their evaluation by the US government. We see the enormou
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Girish
Aug 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hailey's Strong Medicine gives you his strongest heroine - Celia who rises to top and keeps swinging in the big bad world of pharmaceuticals. The book is rich on research, which you would come to expect when Hailey handles a subject. The other characters like Andrew and Sam are supporting characters and they remain that way.

The book has touched multiple facets of corporate including Glass Ceiling, Politics, Advertising, Environmental groups and Animal rights. The parts concerning Pea
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Jeanne Fraga
Jun 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
Read 150+ pages and decided I just wasn't feeling it
Chaitalee Ghosalkar
Jan 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

As is with his other books, Hailey’s extensive study of the field shows. But this time, since it is pharmaceutical industry- the field I have undergone my graduation in, is explored, even the smallest of slip-ups become glaring.

Strong Medicine showcases the functioning of the pharmaceutical industry through the protagonist Celia Jordan from the time she is a pharmaceutical rep and charts her journey till the Vice President of a fictional company- Felding Roth Pha
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Zach
Jul 15, 2017 rated it liked it
*Just a preface this is my first review on here and spoilers ahead*
Just like Hotel Hailey does a great job giving insight to an industry, this time a pharmaceutics company. This book does a good job keeping the reader engaged with twists and turns throughout the novel. Here's what I disliked though: First, the protagonist Celia just casually cheats on her husband by sleeping with a researcher she hired, and says there's nothing wrong with it in a lasting relationship and the book moves on
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Kim
Aug 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Strong Medicine

by Arthur Hailey

This is my book for Popsugar Book 41. A bestseller from the year you graduated high school.

This was a weird book really. It reads like non-fiction. There is no story showing or revealing – it is a straightforward telling. At the beginning I had t check a few times that it was fiction, and even throughout the book I kept googling things to see if they were real or not.

I am still not sure how much was fact and how much
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Tapan Mukherjee
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Good read. Just thought shall point out a striking nomenclature error. In book 2 page 239, Scientist Martin Peat-Smith appoints a nucleic acid chemist Dr. Rao Shastri, a Pakistani national. The neither Rao nor Shastri are Pakistani names. Pakistan is an islamic republic with above 95 percent muslim population. Actually both are Hindu Surnames, Rao mostly found in Southern part of India,A telugu title, for example CNR Rao, a famous scientist and chemist. Shastri is a hindu title, meaning learned( ...more
Carolyn Strong
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
About big pharmacy and a woman in management

You'll definitely learn a lot about the process to discover, test, validate, gain regulatory approval and then market and sell a new drug. You'll also learn of a woman's struggle to be recognized for her skills in a field dominated by men. I enjoyed the book but had to push myself to keep reading at times. It discouraged me that people cut corners to make money or achieve fame. If only the overriding goal was simply to find ways to improve lives without
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Jeff Clausen
Aug 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Fans of Hotel and Airport from Arthur Hailey will recognize the well-rounded characters and lots of inside info that he’s so good at. Hailey writes from some experience, after medical issues of his own, and also throws in plenty of brand names and current events to keep this topical. There are a few lapses of judgement, I think, when he lets his heroine indulge in an impropriety or two and just carries on as if nothing untoward happened. But like much fiction, the baddies get their due and the g ...more
Nkwright
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is great reading this following Final Diagnosis. Final Diagnosis was his first book. Strong Medicine was his last. it was interesting comparing his changes as an author.

I liked the way Hailey interspersed historical info with the story. Probably because the time frame was my lifetime. I enjoy the suspense and the way his books make me think. Lots of detailed research into the pharmaceutical industry.
Jana
Nov 13, 2017 added it
Shelves: 2017, own-read, dnfs
dnf @ 50%.

was a good book in the start, but its beginning to feel like more and more and more of a history of meds in the USA and problems with that, and on top of the Perfect™ characters i don't know if i want to read 200 more pages of that.

Also the 'if u take meds for colds/give kids meds for colds, they'll only be sicker, they don't help, its more of a medicine for mum rather than the kid' scene made my eyes roll. so much.
Neeraja Sankaran
Reading his first book, had me going back to read some of Arthur Hailey's other ones, and seeing as this one was on Kindle unlimited I decided to revisit it. I didn't find it quite as absorbing as "The Final Diagnosis" but it had some moments that I'd internalized like the concept of "hitching one's star to a wagon" and the Thalidomide babies. But I think my nostalgia trips will end with this one since I'd have to buy the others....
Roger Stephen Clark
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful read. Careful plot and excellently researched story.
This story would gladden the hearts of women who think the male world wants to exclude them and put them in their place.
A determined young woman goes for what she wants, does it without leaving scratch marks on the backs of others, works hard and with high morals and ethics to achieve her high goal.
I could not get my nose out of the book!
Swapnil
The book started with a strong introduction of its various characters , each displaying strong emotions

A peculiar thing which I liked about the book is that the way with which , the ideas are presented and the intricacies of the medicine industry. For the average population which is oblivious to the world of medicine and other related factions , this book serves as a gateway.
Vanessa
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Arthur Hailey's 'Strong Medicine' unlike most of the thrillers that I've read before is different because it can be categorised into a subgenre, medical thriller. The language is simple, barring from some scientific terminologies which I found to be interesting. The characters are humane, especially the protagonist, Celia Jordan who overcomes male prejudices while making a name for herself in the pharmaceutical industry. I'd read this book once again!
JEAN H MCKILLOP
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Strong Medicine

Once again. The imagination of the author has caused some imagine some paralyzing effects on the mind of readers. With the historic data and likeable characters he has brought out information and realization of the advent of just part of our medical history. His rendition makes it personal and brings a chance to go away to another place as novel usually do.
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Arthur Hailey was a British/Canadian novelist. After working at a number of jobs and writing part-time, he became a writer full-time during 1956, encouraged by the success of the CBC television drama, Flight into Danger (in print as Runway Zero Eight ). Following the success of Hotel in 1965, he moved to California; followed by a permanent move to the Bahamas in 1969.

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