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Phake: The Deadly World of Falsified and Substandard Medicines [NOOK Book]

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Roger Bate has spend years on the trail of counterfeit medicines in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, learning the anatomy of a nebulous, far-reaching black market that has resulted in countless deaths and injuries around the world. Phake: The Deadly World of Falsified and Substandard Medicines is the culmination of Bate's research and travels—both a fascinating first hand account of the counterfeit drug trade and an incisive policy analysis with important ramifications for decision makers in the U.S. Food and ...
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Phake: The Deadly World of Falsified and Substandard Medicines

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Overview

Roger Bate has spend years on the trail of counterfeit medicines in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, learning the anatomy of a nebulous, far-reaching black market that has resulted in countless deaths and injuries around the world. Phake: The Deadly World of Falsified and Substandard Medicines is the culmination of Bate's research and travels—both a fascinating first hand account of the counterfeit drug trade and an incisive policy analysis with important ramifications for decision makers in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the international World Health Organization.
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Editorial Reviews

Forbes
Bate’s work is more than a detailed analysis; it is also a revelatory first-hand account of the counterfeit drug trade.
CHOICE
This impeccably researched, well-organized book fully addresses the underworld of pharmaceutical counterfeiting and the longitudinal effects of this unsavory commerce. . . .Starting with the dark history of drug safety that had roots in the US, the book makes an impressive case regarding the difficulty/impossibility of tracking and prosecuting drug forgers, and the author provides a reasonable approach for ensuring safety for US products. He addresses the most problematic issues by country, including the intricacies of how each nation polices or ignores drug forgery. Well-designed charts/graphs assist readers to understand the volumes of data Bate has amassed during his travels. Numerous pictures clearly illustrate the difficulty of identifying fake drugs, both for health professionals and consumers. Bate's writing style is scientific and logical, but highly accessible to curious readers. He offers an honest critique of the pharmaceutical business, sharing his extraordinary insight and analysis of current drug counterfeiting issues and spot-on speculation of what the future holds for this problem. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above; general readers.
Library Journal
Economist Bate (fellow, American Enterprise Inst.) here expands on his brief 2008 book, Making a Killing: The Deadly Implications of the Counterfeit Drug Trade. For this work, he traveled the world, investigating drugs that were less potent than they should have been (and therefore less likely to be effective), adulterated with agents ranging from talc to toxins, made available for purchase past their expiration date, and—the major focus—falsified, intentionally mislabeled, or counterfeit and intended to mislead the purchaser (as in the case of Viagra). Bate is attentive to the problem of fake drugs sold over the Internet, and his experiences online as well as his personal connections with government officials highlight his deep interest in and knowledge of the subject. Bate outlines the fake drug situation in Asia, the Middle East, Russia, and Turkey, among other places, but devotes the most attention to the "phake" industry in Nigeria, India, and China. VERDICT No scientific knowledge is necessary to understand and appreciate the problems that Bate addresses. Anyone concerned about the quality of prescription medications will find this book of interest. (Index not seen.)—Martha Stone, Treadwell Lib., Boston
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780844772349
  • Publisher: American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 400
  • File size: 12 MB
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Meet the Author

Roger Bate is a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C.
He has spent years on the trail of stolen counterfeit and substandard medicines in Asia, Africa, and the Middle East, learning the anatomy of the nebulous, far-reaching black market that has caused countless deaths and injuries around the world. He has undertaken field research on fake medicines using handheld spectrometers and laboratory research using basic and sophisticated techniques. He has studied the laws and economics affecting the medicine trade and has published widely in the peer-reviewed scientific, legal and economic literature, including in leading journals such as The Lancet, The Journal of Health Economics, the Journal of International Criminal Justice and the Malaria Journal. He has published nearly one hundred articles on the topic in popular media outlets including the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
Part I: The Deadly World of Dangerous Medicines
  1. Historical Examples of Dangerous Medicines
  1. Understanding the Problem
  1. Overview of Research Findings and Possible Solutions
Part II: Dangerous Drug Problems by Location
  1. Africa
  1. India
  1. China
  1. Middle East
  1. Other Emerging Markets
  1. Russia
  1. Latin America
  1. Thailand
  1. Turkey
  1. The Online Drug Market
Part III: Drug-Quality Assessments
  1. Factors to Consider for Research
  1. Results: What We Found
  1. Results Broken Out for Africa, India, and Other Markets
  1. Interpreting the Results
Part IV: The Way Forward
  1. Developing Medical Regulatory Authorities: The U.S. FDA as Case Study
  1. International Cooperation against Criminals and the Lethal Trade in Fake Medicines
  1. Market for Products of Varying Quality and the Intellectual Property Debate
  1. Conclusion
Part V: Appendices
Appendix A: Peer-Reviewed Publications and Working Papers
Appendix B: Research Methods
Appendix C: Accessing Online Components of This Book
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