Body Hunters: Testing New Drugs on the World's Poorest Patients

Body Hunters: Testing New Drugs on the World's Poorest Patients

by Sonia Shah
     
 


Hailed by John le Carré as "an act of courage on the part of its author" and singled out for praise by the leading medical journals in the United States and the United Kingdom, The Body Hunters uncovers the real-life story behind le Carré’s acclaimed novel The Constant Gardener and the feature film based on it.

"A trenchant

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Hailed by John le Carré as "an act of courage on the part of its author" and singled out for praise by the leading medical journals in the United States and the United Kingdom, The Body Hunters uncovers the real-life story behind le Carré’s acclaimed novel The Constant Gardener and the feature film based on it.

"A trenchant exposé . . . meticulously researched and packed with documentary evidence" (Publishers Weekly), Sonia Shah’s riveting journalistic account shines a much-needed spotlight on a disturbing new global trend. Drawing on years of original research and reporting in Africa and Asia, Shah examines how the multinational pharmaceutical industry, in its quest to develop lucrative drugs, has begun exporting its clinical research trials to the developing world, where ethical oversight is minimal and desperate patients abound. As the New England Journal of Medicine notes, "it is critical that those engaged in drug development, clinical research and its oversight, research ethics, and policy know about these stories," which tell of an impossible choice being faced by many of the world’s poorest patients—be experimented upon or die for lack of medicine.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781565849129
Publisher:
New Press, The
Publication date:
07/28/2006
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
242
Sales rank:
1,453,099
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

1Clinical trials go global1
2The placebo control18
3Growing the pharma monolith36
4Uncaging the Guinea pig62
5HIV and the second-rate solution77
6South Africa : drug trials and AIDS denialism100
7Outsourcing to India : the one billion body politic112
8Calibrating ethical codes132
9The emperor has no clothes : the vagaries of informed consent144
10Tipping the scales164

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