The Risks of Prescription Drugs

Kobo ebook | June 1, 2010

byDon Light

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Calling on a diverse range of experts, this book tackles critical questions about the pharmaceutical industry and the privatization of risk. To what extent does the FDA protect the public from serious side effects and possible disasters? What is the impact of giving greater roles to the private sector and markets and reducing public oversight? This volume considers whether current rules and incentives put patients at greater risk; the effect of the expansion of disease categories; the industry's justification of high U. S. prices and the financial risk they must bear; and the underlying shifts in the burdens of risks borne by individuals in the world of pharmaceuticals.

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Calling on a diverse range of experts, this book tackles critical questions about the pharmaceutical industry and the privatization of risk. To what extent does the FDA protect the public from serious side effects and possible disasters? What is the impact of giving greater roles to the private sector and markets and reducing public ov...

Donald W. Light is professor of social medicine and comparative health care at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and a senior visiting researcher at Princeton.

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Format:Kobo ebookPublished:June 1, 2010Publisher:Columbia University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0231519265

ISBN - 13:9780231519267

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Table of Contents

Chapters include: Donald Light, "Bearing the Risks of Prescription Drugs;" Sheila Weiss Smith (University of Maryland), "The FDA: Inadequate Protection from Drug Disasters and Serious Risks;" Howard Brody (University of Texas), "The Commercialization of Medical Decisions: Physicians and Patients at Risk;" Allan Horwitz (Rutgers University), "The Growing Risks of Medicalizing Life;" Cheryl Stults and Peter Conrad (Brandeis University), "Medicalization, Pharmaceuticals, and Risk Scares;" John H. Hoadley (Georgetown University), "Gaps in Coverage for Drugs Put Elderly and Poor Americans at Risk"

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This well-referenced title will be of particular interest to prescribers, but I recommend it to all healthcare professionals.