Hooked: Ethics, the Medical Profession, and the Pharmaceutical Industryby Howard Brody
Pub. Date: 11/09/2007
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
For decades, medical professionals have been betraying the public's trust by accepting various benefits from the pharmaceutical industry. Drug company representatives and doctors alike have promulgated creative rationalizations to portray this behavior positively, as if it really serves the interest of the public. In Hooked: Ethics, the Medical Profession, and
For decades, medical professionals have been betraying the public's trust by accepting various benefits from the pharmaceutical industry. Drug company representatives and doctors alike have promulgated creative rationalizations to portray this behavior positively, as if it really serves the interest of the public. In Hooked: Ethics, the Medical Profession, and the Pharmaceutical Industry, Howard Brody claims that we can neither understand the problem, nor propose helpful solutions until we fully recognize the many levels of activity that connect these two industries. Then, for real improvement to occur, the doctors themselves need to not only change their behavior, but also change how they view the actions of their peers and colleagues. We can pass laws and enact regulations, so that those physicians that do choose to focus on ethics won't be in an environment where they feel as if they are swimming against too strong a current to make meaningful change, but ultimately a profession has to take responsibility for its own integrity.
- Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
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- Explorations in Bioethics and the Medical Humanities Series
- Edition description:
- New Edition
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- 6.06(w) x 8.93(h) x 1.09(d)
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Introduction: The Tipping Point Part 2 I. Overview Chapter 3 1. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: A Story of Two Medications Chapter 4 2. An Ethical Framework Part 5 II. Specific Issues and Problems Chapter 6 3. The Pharmaceutical Industry and the Free Market Chapter 7 4. Patents, Generic Drugs, and Academic Science Chapter 8 5. Research and Profits Chapter 9 6. Suppression of Research Data Chapter 10 7. The Quality of Pharmaceutical Research Chapter 11 8. The Drug Rep: Historical Background Chapter 12 9. The Drug Rep Today Chapter 13 10. The Influence of Drug Reps: What the Data Show Chapter 14 11. Continuing Medical Education Chapter 15 12. Professional Organizations and Journal Advertising Chapter 16 13. The Industry and the Consumer Chapter 17 14. The FDA: From Patent Medicine to AIDS Drugs Chapter 18 15. The FDA and the Industry, 1990-2004 Part 19 III. Toward Solutions Chapter 20 16. Solutions: The Management and Divestment Strategies Chapter 21 17. Solutions Requiring Enhanced Professionalism in Medicine Chapter 22 18. Solutions Requiring Regulatory Reform Chapter 23 Epilogue: Industry Woes and Professional Opportunities
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Brody has provided an essential reading critique of the pharmaceutical industry. The global medical care system would be far more equitable, efficient and effective if this analysis were studied by policy decision makers and the recommended remedies applied. Brody's review includes the history of how the pharmaceutical industry became so powerful and the medical profession so compliant with the industry's marketing. He details the industry's corruptoin of science and its distortion of the drug research and publication processes. Brody includes a detailed and compeling description of the corrupting influence of the industry on the FDA and gives multiple examples of how our health has been repeatedly endangered as a result with thousands of deaths and injuries. Brody not only describes events but undergirds his arguments and recommendations in a foundation of professional ethics. I highly recommend this book and in my opinion this book is better than several other contemporaneous books about this topic.