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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780737739633
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 8/1/2008
  • Series: Current Controversies Series
  • Pages: 176
  • Age range: 15 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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Table of Contents

Foreword 11

Introduction 14

Chapter 1 Is Too Little Attention Given to the Safety of Prescription Drugs?

Chapter Preface 19

Yes: Problems Often Show Up After a Prescription Drug Is on the Market

Off-Label Prescription of Drugs Can Lead to Adverse Effects Hazel Muir Muir, Hazel 21

Some Prescription Drugs on the Market Are Unsafe Consumer Reports Reports, Consumer 29

Prescription Drugs Can Cause Serious Harm When Risks Are Ignored Susan Kelleher Kelleher, Susan 40

The Post-marketing Study of Prescription Drugs Is Not Adequate David J. Graham Graham, David J. 48

No: Too Much Caution Deprives Patients of Prescription Drugs They Need

Excessive Caution in Drug Approval Causes More Harm than It Prevents Scott Gottlieb Gottlieb, Scott 57

Panic over Prescription-Drug Risks Leads People to Stop Taking Needed Medication Irene S. Levine Levine, Irene S. 61

Safety Concerns About Prescription Drugs Are Exaggerated and Will Result in Higher Prices Henry I. Miller Miller, Henry I. 67

The Lengthy Approval Process for Prescription Drugs Costs Lives Gilbert L. Ross Ross, Gilbert L. 71

Terminally Ill Patients Should Be Allowed to Use Experimental Drugs Sigrid Fry-Revere Fry-Revere, Sigrid 75

Chapter 2 Do Pharmaceutical Companies Promote Unnecessary Drugs?

Direct-to-Consumer Prescription Drug Advertising: An Overview Carol Rados Rados, Carol 80

Yes: Many New Drugs Are Developed Merely for Commercial Reasons

Pharmaceutical Companies Define Normal Conditions as Diseases Ray Moynihan Moynihan, Ray Alan Cassels Cassels, Alan 87

Drug Promotion Plays on People's Fears of Future Illness Barbara Mintzes Mintzes, Barbara 96

Drug Promotion Has Led to theOvermedication of Children Anne Taylor Fleming Fleming, Anne Taylor 105

No: New Drugs Help People Who Would Otherwise Lack Effective Treatment

Drugs for Minor Conditions Are Important to Many People Glenn Harlan Reynolds Reynolds, Glenn Harlan 108

Improved Prescription Drugs Mean Better Medical Treatment and Less Illness Alan F. Holmer Holmer, Alan F. 111

Direct-to-Consumer Prescription Drug Advertising Helps People Get Treatment for Undiagnosed Diseases Paul Antony Antony, Paul 121

Chapter 3 Do Prescription Drugs in America Cost Too Much?

The Rising Cost of Prescription Drugs: An Overview Kaiser Family Foundation Foundation, Kaiser Family 131

Yes: American Pharmaceutical Companies Charge Too Much

Many People Cannot Afford the Prices Set by the Profit-Driven Drug Industry Katharine Greider Greider, Katharine 140

Importing Less-Costly Prescription Drugs from Abroad Should Be Allowed Nelda Barnett Barnett, Nelda 147

New Cancer Drugs Cost More than Their Brief Extending of Life May Be Worth Daniel Costello Costello, Daniel 150

No: Pharmaceutical Companies Need Profits to Do Research

High Prices of Drugs for Minor Problems Pay for Drugs That Cure More Serious Ones Peter W. Huber Huber, Peter W. 156

Medical Innovation Would Stop If the Government Controlled Drug Prices Sidney Taurel Taurel, Sidney 165

Controlling Drug Prices Would Reduce Access to Medicine Doug Bandow Bandow, Doug 174

Chapter 4 Are Dishonest or Illegal Prescription Drug Practices Common?

Chapter Preface 180

Gifts from Pharmaceutical Companies Influence Doctors Adriane Fugh-Berman Fugh-Berman, Adriane Shahram Ahari Ahari, Shahram 182

Media Reporting About Prescription Drugs Is Often Inaccurate Richard A. Deyo Deyo, Richard A. Donald L. Patrick Patrick, Donald L. 190

Prescription Drugs Are Often Abused Nichole Aksamit Aksamit, Nichole 200

Young People Often Trade Prescription Drugs with Friends Amy Harmon Harmon, Amy 203

Teens Use Prescription Drugs to Get High Donna Leinwand Leinwand, Donna 213

Organizations to Contact 220

Bibliography 227

Index 236

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