Powerful Medicines: The Benefits, Risks, and Costs of Prescription Drugs / Edition 1

Powerful Medicines: The Benefits, Risks, and Costs of Prescription Drugs / Edition 1

by Jerry Avorn
     
 

ISBN-10: 0375414835

ISBN-13: 9780375414831

Pub. Date: 08/17/2004

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

Praised by Senator Edward Kennedy and others (including Nobel Peace Prize winner Bernard Lown), this book uses numerous case studies to demonstrate how pharmaceutical companies' marketing and research practices distort the process of balancing drug benefits, hazards, and cost which is meant to ensure that patients receive quality, affordable care. His recommendations

Overview

Praised by Senator Edward Kennedy and others (including Nobel Peace Prize winner Bernard Lown), this book uses numerous case studies to demonstrate how pharmaceutical companies' marketing and research practices distort the process of balancing drug benefits, hazards, and cost which is meant to ensure that patients receive quality, affordable care. His recommendations for treatment include better use of technology, better patient education, and thorough comparisons of the effectiveness and safety of similar drugs. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375414831
Publisher:
Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/17/2004
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
6.61(w) x 9.62(h) x 1.61(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue: Different Strokes3
Part 1Benefits
1The Pregnant Mare's Lesson23
2Leaving the Dark Ages Behind, Mostly39
Part 2Risks
3The Fat is in the Fire71
4Too Sweet to Be True85
5Cold Comfort96
6Getting Risks Right102
7The Most Vulnerable Patients126
8Enter Doctor Faustus139
9Imperfect Measures149
10Whose Risk Is It, Anyway?160
11A Balancing Act172
Part 3Costs
12Live Cheap or Die189
13Filling the Pipeline198
14What the Traffic Will Bear217
15Navigating the Third Dimension235
Part 4Information
16Signals, Noise, and the Big Void269
17Informational Kudzu292
18Devising an Antidote313
19The Emperor's Fashion Critics339
20Same Language, Different Accents348
Part 5Policy
21Pulling the Facts Together359
22Turning Knowledge into Action388
23Markets and Medicines401
Epilogue: The Triple-Edged Sword417
Notes421
Index437

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