The New Medicines: How Drugs Are Created, Approved, Marketed, And Sold

Hardcover | March 31, 2006

byBernice Schacter

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Today, most people use prescription medications. Every year, the multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical industry produces new medicines that treat everything from arthritis to AIDS, from high cholesterol to depression. But, despite recent controversies regarding the safety of drugs, consumers know little about the medications that they ingest and inject. How are these new medicines invented? How do consumers know that drugs are safe and effective? How are they tested? Who regulates their production - and who watches the regulators? How do drug companies produce the vast quantities needed for the marketplace, and why do they market their drugs as they do? The New Medicines leads the reader through the maze of the modern drug industry - from bench to bedside - and provides consumers with a step-by-step understanding of how new medicines are created, approved, marketed, and sold. In addition to explaining how drugs reach the medicine cabinet, the author - an experienced researcher and teacher - provides the scientific and business background for understanding the current controversial issues surrounding new medicines, such as:
  • The rise and fall of the COX-2 inhibitors, Vioxx and Celebrex, and the process by which they were invented, approved, and re-evaluated.
  • The saga of the cancer drug Erbitux and its creator, the company Imclone, made famous as the centerpiece of the Martha Stewart insider-trading scandal
  • The strengths and weaknesses of the approval process of the Food and Drug Administration
  • The controversial new marketing techniques of the pharmaceutical industry
A balanced work that provides readers with an unbiased look at the drugindustry, The New Medicines will answer the questions of anyone who has ever looked at a bottle of their prescription pills and wondered, "how did that get here?"

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Today, most people use prescription medications. Every year, the multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical industry produces new medicines that treat everything from arthritis to AIDS, from high cholesterol to depression. But, despite recent controversies regarding the safety of drugs, consumers know little about the medications that they in...

Format:HardcoverDimensions:267 pages, 9.62 × 6.4 × 0.99 inPublished:March 31, 2006Publisher:Praeger PublishersLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:027598141X

ISBN - 13:9780275981419

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?With more people than ever before taking prescription medications and with more drugs having questionable safety records, a wide range of consumers should be interested in this book, which explains how drugs are discovered, tested, approved, and marketed. Biomedical researcher, consultant, and writer Schacter explains the steps involved as new medicines make it to the market in the US. She focuses on two drugs (Celebrex, a pain medication, and Copaxone, used to treat multiple sclerosis) to illustrate the process, stressing that only 10 percent to 25 percent of drugs that begin the human testing process are approved. Schacter describes the different phases of drug testing, including animal testing, and ending with a description of post-approval studies. The text incorporates many statistics and figures; all the information is documented. In the last chapter, "Are We (Well) Served?" the author gives her opinion of the drug approval process, concluding, "We are doing pretty well." Although the book is geared to consumers, it is detailed and comprehensive enough to appeal to any health professional. Recommended. Public and academic library collections supporting lower-level undergraduates through graduate students, professionals, and general readers.??Choice