Inventing disease and pushing pills

pharmaceutical companies and the medicalisation of normal life
Author: Jörg Blech
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Medical
Page: 159
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Presents an account of how the pharmaceutical industry redefines health. This book reveals how the invention of diseases by pharmaceutical companies turns 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; and more. This is a highly accessible and reassuring account of how the pharmaceutical industry is redefining health, making it a state that is almost impossible to achieve. Many normal life processes - states as natural as birth, ageing, 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; and, fears about how pharmaceutical companies create markets by playing on the general public's concern with their health. A self-help book in the truest sense, "Inventing Disease and Pushing Pills" reassures us about our own health. It is essential reading for doctors, nurses and patients alike.

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.

Healthcare in Private and Public from the Early Modern Period to 2000


Author: Paul Weindling
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317578295
Category: History
Page: 272
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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.

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.

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.

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

Selling Sickness

How the World's Biggest Pharmaceutical Companies are Turning Us All Into Patients
Author: Ray Moynihan,Alan Cassels
Publisher: Greystone Books
ISBN: 1926706684
Category: Health & Fitness
Page: 272
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In this hard-hitting indictment of the pharmaceutical industry, Ray Moynihan and Allan Cassels show how drug companies are systematically using their dominating influence in the world of medical science, drug companies are working to widen the very boundaries that define illness. Mild problems are redefined as serious illness, and common complaints are labeled as medical conditions requiring drug treatments. Runny noses are now allergic rhinitis, PMS has become a psychiatric disorder, and hyperactive children have ADD. Selling Sickness reveals how expanding the boundaries of illness and lowering the threshold for treatments is creating millions of new patients and billions in new profits, in turn threatening to bankrupt national healthcare systems all over the world. This Canadian edition includes an introduction placing the issue in a Canadian context and describing why Canadians should be concerned about the problem.

Bad Science

Quacks, Hacks, and Big Pharma Flacks
Author: Ben Goldacre
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
ISBN: 0771035764
Category: Science
Page: 304
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The informative and witty expose of the "bad science" we are all subjected to, called "one of the essential reads of the year" by New Scientist. We are obsessed with our health. And yet — from the media's "world-expert microbiologist" with a mail-order Ph.D. in his garden shed laboratory, and via multiple health scares and miracle cures — we are constantly bombarded with inaccurate, contradictory, and sometimes even misleading information. Until now. Ben Goldacre masterfully dismantles the questionable science behind some of the great drug trials, court cases, and missed opportunities of our time, but he also goes further: out of the bullshit, he shows us the fascinating story of how we know what we know, and gives us the tools to uncover bad science for ourselves. From the Hardcover edition.

The British National Bibliography


Author: Arthur James Wells
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: English literature
Page: N.A
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The Medicalization of Society

On the Transformation of Human Conditions into Treatable Disorders
Author: Peter Conrad
Publisher: JHU Press
ISBN: 9780801892349
Category: Social Science
Page: 224
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This thought-provoking study offers valuable insight into not only how medicalization got to this point but how it may continue to evolve.

American Book Publishing Record


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: American literature
Page: N.A
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Depression in Japan

Psychiatric Cures for a Society in Distress
Author: Junko Kitanaka
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 069114205X
Category: History
Page: 243
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Exploring how depression has become a national disease in Japan, this work shows how psychiatry has responded to the nation's ailing social order & how, in a remarkable transformation, the discipline has begun to overcome longstanding resistance to its intrusion in Japanese life.

Health Care Half-Truths

Too Many Myths, Not Enough Reality
Author: Arthur Garson,Carolyn L. Engelhard
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 0742558304
Category: Health & Fitness
Page: 294
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Identifies twenty myths about the American health system before identifying how they are false.

Manufacturing Depression

The Secret History of a Modern Disease
Author: Gary Greenberg
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781416570080
Category: Psychology
Page: 448
View: 1956
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Am I depressed or just unhappy? In the last two decades, antidepressants have become staples of our medicine cabinets—doctors now write 120 million prescriptions annually, at a cost of more than 10 billion dollars. At the same time, depression rates have skyrocketed; twenty percent of Americans are now expected to suffer from it during their lives. Doctors, and drug companies, claim that this convergence is a public health triumph: the recognition and treatment of an under-diagnosed illness. Gary Greenberg, a practicing therapist and longtime depressive, raises a more disturbing possibility: that the disease has been manufactured to suit (and sell) the cure. Greenberg draws on sources ranging from the Bible to current medical journals to show how the idea that unhappiness is an illness has been packaged and sold by brilliant scientists and shrewd marketing experts—and why it has been so successful. Part memoir, part intellectual history, part exposé—including a vivid chronicle of his participation in a clinical antidepressant trial—Manufacturing Depression is an incisive look at an epidemic that has changed the way we have come to think of ourselves.

The Book of Woe

The DSM and the Unmaking of Psychiatry
Author: Gary Greenberg
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101621109
Category: Psychology
Page: 416
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“Gary Greenberg has become the Dante of our psychiatric age, and the DSM-5 is his Inferno.” —Errol Morris Since its debut in 1952, the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders has set down the “official” view on what constitutes mental illness. Homosexuality, for instance, was a mental illness until 1973. Each revision has created controversy, but the DSM-5 has taken fire for encouraging doctors to diagnose more illnesses—and to prescribe sometimes unnecessary or harmful medications. Respected author and practicing psychotherapist Gary Greenberg embedded himself in the war that broke out over the fifth edition, and returned with an unsettling tale. Exposing the deeply flawed process behind the DSM-5’s compilation, The Book of Woe reveals how the manual turns suffering into a commodity—and made the APA its own biggest beneficiary.

The ADHD Explosion and Today's Push for Performance

Myths, Medication, and Money
Author: Stephen P. Hinshaw,Richard M. Scheffler
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199790558
Category: Medical
Page: 254
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Debunks myths and misconceptions about ADHD, and discusses the controversies surrounding skyrocketing rates of diagnosis and medication treatment as well as the condition's cost to society.

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.

Bad Pharma

How Drug Companies Mislead Doctors and Harm Patients
Author: Ben Goldacre
Publisher: Macmillan
ISBN: 0865478066
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 480
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Argues that doctors are deliberately misinformed by profit-seeking pharmaceutical companies that casually withhold information about drug efficacy and side effects, explaining the process of pharmaceutical data manipulation and its global consequences. By the best-selling author of Bad Science.

New Scientist


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Science
Page: N.A
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Big Pharma

How the World's Biggest Drug Companies Control Illness
Author: Jacky Law
Publisher: Robinson
ISBN: N.A
Category: Drugs
Page: 266
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Pharmaceutical medicine is very, very big business. The top ten players earned more than $200 billion in 2003. One drug, Pfizer's cholesterol pill Lipitor, had sales of more than $9 billion. This kind of money buys an awful lot of friends among doctors and politicians. Most of those involved in the formulation of public health policy seems happy with the present system. The trouble is that the public is starting to have doubts. There is a growing sense that the vast profits of drug companies and their control of the research agenda might not be that good for our health. Jacky Law takes the reader on a journey through the pharmaceutical business and shows how the public is quite right to be concerned about conventional medicine, as it has developed since the late 1970s. She tells a story of spectacular regulatory failure, phenomenally high prices, betrayal of the public interest and a growing awareness among ordinary people that things could be very different. Sophisticated marketing and public relations, not scientific excellence, have helped corporations to preside unchallenged over matters of life and death. It is time, Law argues, for us to take responsibility for our health, not as passive consumers of pharmaceutical medicine, but as informed citizens.