Pharma reader: essential pharmaceutical E-books to stay in the know

Amidst ongoing conversations and debates on the evolution of digital technology, it’s just as important to acknowledge the ever-evolving landscape of pharmaceuticals to stay in the know.

In a previous post, we shared insights from Sara Lesina, General Manager of global nutraceutical company Sirio, on key trends to anticipate in the nutraceutical industry in the coming years. This includes innovations in areas such as beauty, sports nutrition and women’s health, as well as developments in the category of immunity.

Whether you’re a professional in the industry or an enthusiast of the field, staying informed on the developments and innovations in the pharma industry is crucial. This can be achieved by staying up-to-date with insider insights as highlighted above, reading ground-breaking research on drug developments and reading other relevant materials from the literature spectrum.

Nowadays, digital libraries have become an essential digital resource to help keep people in the know – even for niche industries and fields like pharma. E-book subscription service Everand is home to millions of e-books, audiobooks, newspapers and podcast episodes that users can access online and offline. In fact, there are many books published today that provide key insights into the history and future of the pharmaceutical industry. Below, we’ll go through some essential e-reading to help you stay in the know:

Bottle of Lies: The Inside Story of the Generic Drug Boom

Katherine Eban‘s Bottle of Lies is a deep dive into the world of generic drugs. More importantly, the book is an investigative look at the fraud and deceit behind generic-drug manufacturing and its risks and impact on global health. The book features exclusive accounts from ‘whistle blowers’ and regulators, as well as FDA documents. While a seemingly bleak and negative view of a dark side to the pharma industry, it proves essential reading – perhaps a cautionary look – at what the industry can do and approach differently in the future.

In 2021, Katherine Eban led her own investigation into the lab-leak theory in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. Published on the Vanity Fair website and in its print magazine, the investigation explores the credibility behind the divisive theory put forth by former President Trump.

Miracle Cure: The Creation of Antibiotics and the Birth of Modern Medicine

Next on the list is Miracle Cure‘s exploration of the deep history behind antibiotics and how they came to save millions of lives. Aside from an extensive focus on antibacterial breakthroughs, Miracle Cure also highlights how this critical point in medical history gave way to the industry we now know as Big Pharma. By exhaustively covering the discoveries and developments of antibiotics, writer William Rosen shines a light on the myths that shroud the events – from Fleming’s discovery of penicillin to Aguilar’s erythromycin.

At the same time, Rosen highlights iconic pioneers of the antibiotic story, celebrating the collective efforts over time that led to one of the most important moments in modern medicine.

The Genesis Machine: Our Quest to Rewrite Life in the Age of Synthetic Biology

Finally, a relatively newer entry in the list is Amy Webb and Andrew Hessel’s examination of synthetic biology and the bioeconomy. A timely and essential read for pharma enthusiasts, the Genesis Machine is a look and ponder at the upcoming risks and moral dilemmas brought about by synthetic biology, as well as the vast opportunities it offers. Named one of The New Yorker’s Best Books of 2022, The Genesis Machine parallels the concerns and debates raised about the rise of artificial intelligence.

The book explores breakthroughs in mRNA vaccines, home diagnostic testing and antiviral drug development and how their progress has gained speed and attention in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Ultimately, these e-books are only a key few of the essentials for anyone interested, concerned or excited about the future and potential of the pharmaceutical industry. For more insights, news and updates in pharmaceutical and other chemical industries, you can visit the Chemicals Knowledge website: