Inventing disease and pushing pills

pharmaceutical companies and the medicalisation of normal life

Author: Jörg Blech

Publisher: Egully.com

ISBN: 9780415390712

Category: Medical

Page: 159

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Sexually unsatisfied? Chronically tired? Menopausal? High cholesterol? Don't be fooled into believing that you are sick - you are healthier than you think! The pharmaceutical industry is redefining health, slowly making it a state that is almost impossible to achieve. Many normal life processes - states as natural as birth, aging, sexuality, unhappiness and death - are systematically being reinterpreted as pathological so creating new markets for their treatments. In this enlightening book, Jorg Blech reveals: - how the invention of diseases by pharmaceutical companies is turning us all into patients, and how we can protect ourselves against this - how the medical profession has been bullied and co-opted into endorsing profitable cures for people who aren't ill - fears about how pharmaceutical companies create markets by playing on the general public's concern with their health "Inventing Disease and Pushing Pills" is an accessible and reassuring account of how the pharmaceutical industry is eradicating health. It will appeal to doctors, nurses and all medical professionals as well as the general public.
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Pharmaceuticals and Society

Critical Discourses and Debates

Author: Simon J. Williams,Jonathan Gabe,Peter Davis

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1405190841

Category: Medical

Page: 160

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Drawing on the latest international sociological research, this monograph takes a critical look at contemporary developments, discourses and debate on pharmaceuticals and society. Key issues covered include: Pharmaceuticals and medicalisation The science and politics of drug development, testing and regulation Constructions of pharmaceuticals in professional and popular culture The meaning and use of medications in everyday life Pharmaceuticals, consumerism and citizenship Innovation and expectations regarding pharmaceutical futures Pharmaceuticals and the Internet Written in a lively, accessible style, with many engaging and important insights from key international figures in the field, this timely and topical monograph will appeal to a truly interdisciplinary audience of students, academics, researchers, professionals, practitioners and policy makers with an in interest in pharmaceuticals and society.
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Healthcare in Private and Public from the Early Modern Period to 2000

Author: Paul Weindling

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317578295

Category: History

Page: 258

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A key volume on a central aspect of the history of medicine and its social relations, The History of Healthcare in Public and Private examines how the modernisation of healthcare resulted in a wide variety of changing social arrangements in both public and private spheres. This book considers a comprehensive range of topics ranging from children's health, mental disorders and the influence of pharmaceutical companies to the systems of twentieth century healthcare in Britain, Eastern Europe and South Africa. Covering a broad chronological, thematic and global scope, chapters discuss key themes such as how changing economies have influenced configurations of healthcare, how access has varied according to lifecycle, ethnicity and wealth, and how definitions of public and private have shifted over time. Containing illustrations and a general introduction that outlines the key themes discussed in the volume, The History of Healthcare in Public and Private is essential reading for any student interested in the history of medicine.
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Moral Panics over Contemporary Children and Youth

Author: Charles Krinsky

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1351916785

Category: Social Science

Page: 272

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The concept of moral panic has received considerable scholarly attention, but as yet little attention has been accorded to panics over children and youth. This is the first book to examine this important and controversial social issue by employing a rigorous intellectual framework to explore the cultural construction of youth, through the dissemination of moral panics. It is accessible in manner and makes use of the latest contemporary research by addressing some of the pressing recent concerns relating to children and youth, including cyber-related panics, child abuse and pornography, education and crime. A truly international collection, this volume features new global research focusing on the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, South Africa, and France as well as the United States. Genuinely multidisciplinary in approach, it will appeal to researchers and students across the social sciences and humanities - from sociology and social theory, to media, education, anthropology, criminology, geography and history.
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Regulating Pharmaceutical Prices in India

Policy Design, Implementation and Compliance

Author: Ajay Bhaskarabhatla

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319933930

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 306

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This book presents an extensive study on the effectiveness of recent regulations on pharmaceutical prices in India, exploring the weaknesses in the design and implementation of pharmaceutical price controls and investigating what can be done to fix the broken system. In addition, it examines the extent to which essential medicines are actually made affordable by price controls. The book argues that companies make the pharmaceutical price control regime largely ineffective by coordinating to increase pre-regulation prices; by diversifying horizontally away from the regulated markets and increasing prices in the unregulated markets; by manipulating trade margins; and by refusing to comply with the regulation because the penalties remains negligible. The book draws on extensive empirical research involving India’s 2013 Drug Price Control Order and widely-used medicines such as paracetamol and metformin to illustrate how firms have weakened regulation. It argues that the regulatory regime can be strengthened by using systematic analysis of product- and region-level data in the Indian pharmaceutical industry, and by screening for the strategies that firms currently employ to circumvent regulation. In closing, it discusses recent efforts to strengthen the implementation of price controls in India and expanding the scope of price controls to medical devices.
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Impact of TRIPS in India

An Access to Medicines Perspective

Author: Prabodh Malhotra

Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan

ISBN: N.A

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 320

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In India today only 35 percent of people have access to medicines. This book examines the rise of drug prices in India, and develops a new healthcare model, which if implemented, would extend access to medicines to India’s entire population. Sensitivity tests show that the proposed model is affordable, equitable and implementable
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Medicine, Patients and the Law

Author: Margaret Brazier,Emma Cave

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: N.A

Category: Medical ethics

Page: 541

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Medicine, Patients and the Law is a leading book in its field, aimed at practitioners and students of both law and medicine, as well as the general reader. It examines the regulation of medical practice, the rights and duties of patients and their medical advisers, the provision of compensation for medical mishaps and the framework of rules governing those delicate issues of life and death where medicine, morals and the law overlap. The fourth edition of this highly acclaimed book is fully updated to cover recent changes in law and medical practice. Among other current issues, it addresses the radical reforms proposed by the Shipman Inquiry, the impact of change within the NHS, the Mental Capacity Act of 2005 and includes a new chapter on access to health care. Clear explanations of legal issues make this book accessible and absorbing.
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Makeover nation

the United States of reinvention

Author: Toby Miller

Publisher: Ohio State University Press

ISBN: 9780814210932

Category: History

Page: 209

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Life is very much a project in the United States—but not a straightforwardly individual one. A duality of individual free choice and disciplinary institutional governance is the grand national paradox. Simply being—leading life without a bumper sticker avowing one’s elective institutional affinities—seems implausible in a country consumed by the makeover—the idea that what you were born as need not define you forever. As Toby Miller writes in his introduction: “I come neither to bury the makeover nor to praise the makeover, but to criticize it, even as I stand alternately bewildered, amused, appalled, and attracted by it.” In Makeover Nation he does just that in a witty, no-holds-barred style. Miller looks at the power of various forms of knowledge about people and their emotions as they have been applied to the US population, from talk therapy to drug treatment. He is particularly interested in young people—in examining how childhood is constructed—and pays close attention to the much-favored (and overused) diagnosis and treatment of ADHD/ADD. He also focuses his attention on metrosexuals and right-wing Christians to disclose how these opposing groups manifest their drive toward self-creation. Miller believes that we must question the pleasures of reinvention even as we embrace them.
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