Managing Medicine: Public Policy and Therapeutic Drugs / Edition 1

Managing Medicine: Public Policy and Therapeutic Drugs / Edition 1

by Peter Davis
     
 

ISBN-10: 0335192920

ISBN-13: 9780335192922

Pub. Date: 06/01/1997

Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The

Medicines, and the policy issues they raise, are the subject of this book. Therapeutic drugs are widely used - some on routine basis, others in a highly selective and specialized fashion. Although we take the availability of such potent agents for granted, there stands behind them a complex and sophisticated system of scientific innovation, industrial production,…  See more details below

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Medicines, and the policy issues they raise, are the subject of this book. Therapeutic drugs are widely used - some on routine basis, others in a highly selective and specialized fashion. Although we take the availability of such potent agents for granted, there stands behind them a complex and sophisticated system of scientific innovation, industrial production, state audit, and professional distribution. Major issues of price, innovation, safety, professional practice and consumer autonomy arise. Pharmaceuticals account for about ten per cent of health care costs, they are produced by a flagship industrial sector, they are jealously guarded by key professional groups, they raise formidable questions of quality and safety, and they are watched over by a vigilant and vociferous consumer movement. Managing Medicines seeks to disentangle these issues and come up with concrete suggestions as to how we might move forward in an area of public policy that is hotly disputed. It will be of interest to health professionals and policy makers as well as students of public health, nursing studies, social policy and social work.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780335192922
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date:
06/01/1997
Series:
State of Health Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
194
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 5.50(h) x 0.41(d)

Table of Contents

Series editor's introduction
List of tables
Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
1Therapeutic drugs: the social and policy context1
2The rules of the game17
3Medicines and culture30
4The health care system and the practice of medicine51
5Drugs and money79
6Science, consumers and the law103
7Future directions128
Glossary156
Notes and references159
Index175

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