A former attorney, investigative researcher and writer Gerald Posner is the author of thirteen acclaimed books, including New York Times nonfiction bestsellers Case Closed about the Kennedy assassination, Why America Slept about the activities going on behind the scenes with intelligence services and government leaders during the time preceding 9/11, God’s Bankers about money corruption in the Vatican, and his latest book (2020), PHARMA about a drug industry that often seems to prioritize profits over patients. He is a contributor to Forbes. He was a finalist for the Pulitzer in History.



“What distinguishes ‘Pharma’ from these earlier efforts is that the author sets himself the task of writing a bigger, more ambitious tome…. The result is a withering and encyclopedic indictment of a drug industry that often seems to prioritize profits over patients…[PHARMA] reads like a pharmaceutical version of cops and robbers.” — New York Times

“Compelling and enraging…an encyclopedic act of reporting” – Pittsburgh Post Gazette

“Gerald Posner’s ‘Pharma: Greed, Lies, and the Poisoning of America could be seen as the 2020 equivalent of Upton Sinclair’s 1906 novel, The Jungle, which led to public outrage over the meat-packing industry. His unsettling book, five years in the making and buttressed by a trove of documentation, is not only a careful history, it’s also a staggering indictment of pharmaceutical companies.” — Christian Science Monitor

 “Encyclopedic exposé…a Pandora’s box of shocking malfeasance, perfidy, and corruption. Explosively, even addictively, readable” —- Booklist

“A shocking, rousing condemnation of an industry clearly in need of better policing”Kirkus 

“Posner has created a medical leviathan for our times” LitHub

 “New information, coupled with Gerald’s dogged reporting, sets PHARMA apart from all books on this subject.”The Washington Standard

“I could not put down Gerald Posner’s PHARMA, the definitive story of how one family, the Sacklers, set out to get exquisitely rich on the back of unsuspecting Americans—then blamed the so-called ‘abusers’ instead of their own highly addictive drug. Posner has unearthed important new material that illuminates our national tragedy, crafting a meticulously reported page-turner that is as juicy as it is clear-eyed.”— Beth Macy, author of Dopesick

“Very few writers today can successfully turn investigative journalism into a thriller-style fast paced novel. Truman Capote was one, and Gerald Posner is another.” Steve Murphy, The Law Business Insider


“FDA’s Janet Woodcock Failed to Stop the Opioid Epidemic,” by Gerald Posner, USA Today, February 3, 2021.

“The Sacklers’ Last Poison Pill,” by Jonathan C. Lipson and Gerald Posner, New York Times, December 5, 2020.

“The Sacklers Could Get Away With It,” by Gerald Posner and Ralph Brubaker, New York Times, July 22, 2020.

“Pharma Insiders Are Raking in Money Despite No Guaranteed COVID-19 Vaccine,”by Gerald Posner and Margarida Jorge, Newsweek, September 15, 2020.

“Gerald Posner on Pharma and the Poisoning of America,” Corporate Crime Reporter, June 18, 2020.

How to hold Purdue Pharma accountable for its role in the opioid epidemic,” by Gerald Posner, Los Angeles Times, May 17, 2020.

“Big Pharma May Pose an Obstacle to Vaccine Development,” by Gerald Posner, New York Times, March 2, 2020.

“I thought I understood the Sacklers’ opioid empire. Startling documents I found showed I was wrong,” by Gerald Posner, STAT News, March 10, 2020

“Long Before Coronavirus, Gerald Posner began writing ‘Pharma,’ which warns of ‘The Coming Pandemic.” Dallas Morning News, March 10, 2020.

“On Terminal Pain and the Origins of the End-of-Life Movement.” by Gerald Posner, Literary Hub, March 11, 2020

“Gerald Posner and his book Pharma Expose the Poisoning of America.” Genesis, March 16, 2020.

“Big Pharma Prepares to Profit from the Coronavirus.” The Intercept, March 13, 2020

“Gerald Posner: 6 Lessons From Decades of Investigative Reporting,”by Gerald Posner Literary Hub, March 16, 2020

“On the Near Impossibility of Planning for a Viral Pandemic.” by Gerald Posner, Literary Hub, March 18, 2020

“Retracing Big Pharma’s History Means Going Back Over 100 Years,” InsideHook, March 20, 2020.

“The Mom Who Took on Purdue Pharma for Its OxyContin Marketing,” by Gerald Posner, WIRED, March 23, 2020.

“Miami Beach Author’s Book On Pharma Predicted a Big Pandemic,” ReMiamiBeach, March 23, 2020