Big Pharma Exposing the Global Healthcare Agenda Last year the pharmaceutical industry had sales in excess of billion Clearly we all pay in one way or another whether by buying drugs directly or through taxation But it is less clear if we are

  • Title: Big Pharma: Exposing the Global Healthcare Agenda
  • Author: Jacky Law
  • ISBN: 9780786717835
  • Page: 399
  • Format: Paperback
  • Last year, the pharmaceutical industry had sales in excess of 300 billion Clearly, we all pay in one way or another whether by buying drugs directly or through taxation But it is less clear if we are getting value for our money Author Jacky Law shows how a small number of corporations have come to dominate the global healthcare agenda She reveals a system in which thLast year, the pharmaceutical industry had sales in excess of 300 billion Clearly, we all pay in one way or another whether by buying drugs directly or through taxation But it is less clear if we are getting value for our money Author Jacky Law shows how a small number of corporations have come to dominate the global healthcare agenda She reveals a system in which the relentless pursuit of profit is crowding out the public good Effective regulators are under intense pressure from corporate lobbies, and companies spend money on marketing than they spend on research and development Meanwhile, the cost of new drugs rises relentlessly, while the number of original new products declines All is not well with modern medicine In what is both a diagnosis and a recommended course of treatment, Big Pharma reveals a world where market considerations, not medical need, are determining the research agenda The author points to a future where the public and the medical profession once again have a voice in the kind of healthcare we want and the healthcare we pay for.

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    1. A great introduction to the affect of market forces on the pharmaceutical industry and in turn our health.

    2. I read this book for Mental, Emotional and behavioral disorders and reviewed for extra credit.The work Big Pharma: How the World's Biggest Drug Companies Control Illness is appropriately titled because it represents the major theme of corporate control of illness, which runs throughout the book. Law explains various mechanisms related to the implementation and maintenance of corporate control, and discusses the implications of such control by revisiting personal accounts and major news stories. [...]

    3. No surprises here, anyone who knows basic economics can guess what happens when enormous companies try to maximize profits - pricing drugs based on ability to pay instead of efficacy (anticancer drugs costing >$40k/yr), patient marketing (in 1999, Merck spent more than $160 million to promote Vioxx, more than what PepsiCo spent to promote Pepsi or Budweiser spent to advertise its beer), hiding data on clinical trials (Vioxx), lobbying the government for enormous concessions (medicare Part D), [...]

    4. as big pharma companies say:there are two things you can do wrong to patients- you either kill them or you cure themThe penetration by Pharma of all spheres of healthcare is devious and disturbing. Big boys quitely owing it/us all. Inventing diseases is pretty sick as welle author mentions the nonexistent over-reactive bladder syndrom that is profitably promoted via media.It owuld have been nice if the author mentions the Swine flu scam in the next editions.Just think of the scandal at World Hea [...]

    5. Have read tons on big pharma and their illicit practices. The detailers (or drug reps) are chosen for their looks first - college cheerleaders are often approached. Their job is to document what types of inducements influence doctors. They already know their prescribing habits because chain pharmacies supply the reports, and the numbers used to theoretically protect doctors' anonymity are undone by the report pharma buys from the American Medical Association.Medical journals are largely controll [...]

    6. yeash. What have we gotten ourselves into? In making pharma a business, we seem to have turned loose the matrix without any central computer. Now we get treated instead of cured, and medicine is made for those that can pay for it rather than those that need it. Kinda scary.

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