Prescription drugs kill some 200,000 Americans every year. Will that number go up, now that most clinical trials are conducted overseason sick Russians, homeless Poles, and slum-dwelling Chinesein places where regulation is virtually nonexistent, the F.D.A. doesnt reach, and mistakes can end up in paupers graves? The authors investigate the globalization of the pharmaceutical industry, and the U.S. Governments failure to rein in a lethal profit machine. Deadly Medicine | Politics | Vanity Fair Death by Medicine I have also read that Americans take about 80% of psycotic drugs in the world. Are americans weak? hypochondriacs? Americans take 80 percent of all prescription painkillers taken in the world.