Managing Medicine: Public Policy and Therapeutic Drugs / Edition 1

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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.

Covers the principal features of the system responsible for the production, regulation, & distribution of drugs, etc.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780335192922
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 6/1/1997
  • Series: State of Health Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • 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
List of abbreviations
1 Therapeutic drugs: the social and policy context 1
2 The rules of the game 17
3 Medicines and culture 30
4 The health care system and the practice of medicine 51
5 Drugs and money 79
6 Science, consumers and the law 103
7 Future directions 128
Glossary 156
Notes and references 159
Index 175
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