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The truth about the drug companies : how they deceive us and what to do about it / Marcia Angell

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Titre
The truth about the drug companies : how they deceive us and what to do about it / Marcia Angell
Auteur
Editeur
New York : Random House
Date
2004
Collation
XX, 305 p. ; 25 cm
Description
Currently Americans spend two hundred billion dollars each year on prescription drugs. As the author powerfully demonstrates, claims that high drug prices are necessary to fund research and development are unfounded: the truth is that drug companies funnel the bulk of their resources into the marketing of products of dubious benefit. Meanwhile, as profits soar, the companies brazenly use their wealth and power to push their agenda through Congress, the FDA, and academic medical centers. Zeroing in on hugely successful drugs [...], Dr. Angell demonstrates exactly how new products are brought to market. Drug companies, she shows, routinely rely on publicly funded institutions for their basic research; they rig clinical trials to make their products look better than they are; and they use their legions of lawyers to stretch out government-granted exclusive marketing rights for years. They also flood the market with copycat drugs that cost a lot more than the drugs they mimic but are no more effective. The American pharmaceutical industry needs to be saved, mainly from itself, and the author proposes a program of vital reforms, which includes restoring impartiality to clinical research and severing the ties between drug companies and medical education. Written with fierce passion and substantiated with in-depth research, The Truth About the Drug Companies is a searing indictment of an industry that has spun out of control. [Editor]
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0375508465 (ISBN)
No RERO
R003797130
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