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Big Pharma: Exposing the Global Healthcare Agenda

Big Pharma: Exposing the Global Healthcare Agenda

by Jacky Law
     
 

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

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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 the relentless pursuit of profit is crowding out the public good. Effective regulators are under intense pressure from corporate lobbies, and companies spend more 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.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
If money is the root of all evil, how much more evil might things get if the principal players were the pharmaceutical industry (the titular "pharma"), the healthcare industry, Big Government and politicians at all levels, lobbyists, and a host of less moneyed groups all connected on the Internet? In classic muckraking tradition, Law, a pharmaceutical journalist, has undertaken to expose how the massive influence of pharma megabucks corrupts the entire healthcare system to the complete detriment of public health and shows "how market forces in medicine are responsible for the kind of healthcare we receive." His well-researched but complex and occasionally repetitive narrative is not an easy read but serves as an eyeopening study in commercial/public/private corruption and offers a significant collection of facts and figures for those who would enter the quagmire of big pharmaland. Wherever Marcia Angell's The Truth About the Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us and What To Do About It is read, Law's book will be a welcome and complementary addition. Highly recommended for healthcare, academic, and public libraries.-James Swanton, Harlem Hosp. Lib., New York Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786717835
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
02/28/2006
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

Jacky Law has written about healthcare for 25 years. For seven years she worked as an editor at Script magazine, a monthly international pharmaceutical title. She left in 2004 to write Big Pharma.

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