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Drug Truths: Dispelling the Myths About Pharma R & D
     

Drug Truths: Dispelling the Myths About Pharma R & D

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by John L. LaMattina
 

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An insider's perspective on the pharmaceutical industry

It's easy to hate Big Pharma. After all, they charge a lot of money for life-saving drugs. You could argue that Big Pharma's incentive to generate income is antithetical to the needs of society. But, if you set costs aside, no reasonable person could argue against the industry's accomplishments. The

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An insider's perspective on the pharmaceutical industry

It's easy to hate Big Pharma. After all, they charge a lot of money for life-saving drugs. You could argue that Big Pharma's incentive to generate income is antithetical to the needs of society. But, if you set costs aside, no reasonable person could argue against the industry's accomplishments. The pharmaceutical industry has cured many infectious diseases and some cancers, delayed the onset of heart disease, enabled AIDS patients to live long and productive lives, controlled the progression of arthritis, and reduced pain.

Any thoughtful discussion on the pharmaceutical industry must be guided by the facts. Author John LaMattina, a thirty-year veteran and former president of Pfizer Global Research and Development, takes you through the realities and the myths surrounding the pharmaceutical industry, offering concrete illustrative examples. Rather than innuendo, he offers facts, answering your questions about the process and costs of pharmaceutical R&D in a compelling narrative focused on the discovery and development of new medicines.

Divided into four parts, this book dispels common misconceptions, helping you arrive at your own informed conclusions:

  • Part One, A Matter of the Heart

  • Part Two, The Role of Pharmaceutical R&D in Healthcare

  • Part Three, The Profit Motive

  • Part Four, The Future

With its emphasis on fact, John LaMattina's book is indispensable for anyone interested in understanding, advocating, or setting pharmaceutical policy, including general consumers, pharmaceutical executives, regulators, pharmaceutical researchers, and students.

"This is an important and timely book."
Dr. Richard A. Lerner, President of the Scripps Research Institute

"Drug Truths is an authoritative, clear, and accessible exposition of the realities of drug discovery and development."
Professor E.J. Corey, Nobel Laureate, Harvard University

Editorial Reviews

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'This book, a concise and reasonably priced text, is a must-read for anyone working in the pharmaceutical industry. However, it is not just written for scientist, anyone interested in learning more about the big issues facing pharmaceutical research and development and global healthcare today should find this book thought-provoking.? (Pharmaceutical Journal, September 2009)

Drug Truths: Dispelling the Myths About Pharma R & D is an generally persuasive argument for the soul of the pharmaceutical industry.? (Journal of Clinical Research Best Practices, December 2009)

"I would recommend this book." (Chemistry World, June 2009)

"LaMattina stands out from many of the other observers of the industry." (Nature Chemistry, May 2009)

"The book provides unique insights into how big pharma manages its R&D. It also serves as a reminder of the useful role the drug industry play in keeping us healthy." (Chemical & Engineering News, April 20, 2009)

'The book offers an insider's account of the reality of the drug discovery process-revealing it to be more risky, complicated and expensive than many critics suggest. Chapter by chapter, LaMattina addresses the common misconceptions about the pharmaceutical industry'setting the record straight.? (Kansas City InfoZine, February 2009)

'Along with a careful dissection of each false claim and a presentation of the overwhelming evidence that disproves it, LaMattina offers fascinating explanations of the way drug development and government approval function—relying not on clever rhetoric, but on scientific fact and reliable evidence to support his claims; all the while remaining realistic about the industry's limitations.? (Medical News Today, February 2009)

"It's obvious from reading his book that LaMattina believes in his industry, in Big Pharma, and in the research and development that has led to drugs that have cured infectious diseases, delayed encroaching heart disease, controlled arthritis-for many millions-reduced pain and suffering." (TheDay.com, January 25, 2009)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781118158968
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
03/02/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
152
File size:
3 MB

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From the Publisher
"John L. LaMattina … the recently retired head of Pfizer’s global research and development… by using well illustrated examples, takes us through the realities and myths about many of the issues surrounding the pharmaceutical industry. Rather than innuendo, he offers data. This is an important and timely book … In the end this book is about science where data rules. … [and] should become indispensable to those who wish to either understand or set policy."
—Dr. Richard A. Lerner, President of The Scripps Research Institute  

"Drug Truths is an authoritative, clear and accessible exposition of the realities of drug discovery and development. It is factual and balanced, although LaMattina does not shy away from criticizing some of the misguided views that have appeared in print. The main points are well documented and logically presented. The book is a splendid addition to the contemporary health care literature."
—E. J. Corey, Harvard University

Meet the Author

John L. LaMattina, PhD, retired as president of Pfizer Global Research and Development in 2007 where he managed more than 13,000 scientists and support professionals in the United States, Europe, and Asia. Dr. LaMattina has received numerous awards including an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University of New Hampshire.

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Drug Truths: Dispelling the Myths about Pharma R and D 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Simoliunas More than 1 year ago
The author very well describes the great researchers in big pharma. However, the researchers in big pharma have the most insecure jobs. Acquisition hungry Pfizer took over Warner Lambert to obtain Lipitor, but its inventor left for another company. The author stayed at the helm only four years. It is the truth that big pharma is driven by cupidity and this is the rest of the story.