Drug Truths: Dispelling the Myths about Pharma R and D / Edition 1by John L. LaMattina
Pub. Date: 11/10/2008
This book answers the questions about the process and costs of pharmaceutical R & D in a compelling narrative focused on the discovery and development of important new medicines. It gives an insider's account of the pharmaceutical industry drug discovery process, the very real costs of misperceptions about the industry, the high stakesboth economic and
This book answers the questions about the process and costs of pharmaceutical R & D in a compelling narrative focused on the discovery and development of important new medicines. It gives an insider's account of the pharmaceutical industry drug discovery process, the very real costs of misperceptions about the industry, the high stakesboth economic and scientificof developing drugs, the triumphs that come when new compounds reach the market and save lives, and the despair that follows when new compounds fail. In the book, John LaMattina, former president of Pfizer Global Research and Development, weaves themes critical to a vital drug discovery environment in the context. This is a story that Dr. LaMattina is uniquely qualified to tell.
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Table of Contents
PART 1: A MATTER OF THE HEART.
Chapter 1: Cholesterol Drugs Are Unnecessary.
Chapter 2: Industry is More Interested in "Me-Too" Drugs Than in Innovation.
Chapter 3: It Takes Industry Too Long to Discover New Drugs.
PART 2: THE ROLE OF PHARMACEUTICAL R&D IN HEALTHCARE.
Chapter 4: Drugs Are Discovered by Academia.
Chapter 5: New Medicines Add Costs but Little Benefit.
Chapter 6: Big Pharma Has Failed and Should Learn From Biotech Success.
PART 3: THE PROFIT MOTIVE.
Chapter 7: The Industry Invents Diseases.
Chapter 8: New Drugs Are Less Safe Than Traditional Medicines.
Chapter 9: Industry Spends More on Advertising Than R&D.
Chapter 10: Industry Does Not Care About Diseases of the Developing World.
PART 4: THE FUTURE.
Chapter 11: Big Pharma’s Day Has Passed.
Chapter 12: Final Reflections.
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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.