J.M. Lanham is an American author of science fiction, thrillers, and suspense. His novel The R.E.M. Effect is out now on Amazon. Order your copy FREE with Kindle Unlimited!
Some cures are worse than the dangers they combat. — Seneca the Younger
A 2013 study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) found that over 9 million Americans use prescription sleeping pills.
Millions more are hooked on over-the-counter meds, spend thousands on top-of-the-line mattress sets, and rely on nightcaps to get them through to morning.
One research firm estimates the global sleep aids market will reach as high as $80 billion by 2020. No industry knows this better than Big Pharma.
So what would happen if a pharmaceutical company developed the perfect sleep medication; a medication that targeted the source of sleep disorders, inhibited the cause, and guaranteed patients a flawless sleep cycle; a medication that used gene-silencing technology to alter genetic code; a medication that was looking for clinical trial volunteers . . .
. . . Would you participate?
What if the trials exposed an unexpected side effect in a small percentage of patients; one that could pose a threat not only to the solvency of the company, but life as we know it. How far would the company go to protect its interests?
These questions and more lay the groundwork for the 2016 pharmaceutical/sci-fi thriller The R.E.M. Effect.
Be sure to check out The R.E.M. Effect, available now on Amazon.com.