Unhealthy Pharmaceutical Regulation: Innovation, Politics and Promissory Science

Courtney Davis, John Abraham

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European and American drug regulators govern a multi-billion-dollar pharmaceutical industry selling its products on the world's two largest medicines markets. This is the first book to investigate how effectively American and supranational EU governments have regulated innovative pharmaceuticals regarding public health during the neo-liberal era of the last 30 years. Drawing on years of fieldwork, the authors demonstrate that pharmaceutical regulation and innovation have been misdirected by commercial interests and misconceived ideologies, which induced a deregulatory political culture contrary to health interests. They dismantle the myth that pharmaceutical innovations necessarily equate with therapeutic advances and explain how it has been perpetuated in the interests of industry by corporate bias within the regulatory state, unwarranted expectations of promissory science, and the emergent patient-industry complex. Endemic across both continents, the misadventures of pharmaceutical deregulation are shown to span many therapeutic areas, including cancer, diabetes and irritable bowel syndrome. The authors propose political changes needed to redirect pharmaceutical regulation in the interests of health.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Commissioning bodyESRC Economic and Social Research Council
Number of pages336
ISBN (Electronic)9781137349477
ISBN (Print)9780230008663
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2013


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