Powerful Medicines

Paperback $15.95

Vintage | Aug 09, 2005 | 480 Pages | 5-3/16 x 8 | ISBN 9781400030781

  • Paperback$15.95

    Vintage | Aug 09, 2005 | 480 Pages | 5-3/16 x 8 | ISBN 9781400030781

  • Hardcover$27.50

    Knopf | Aug 17, 2004 | 464 Pages | 6-1/4 x 9-1/4 | ISBN 9780375414831

  • Ebook$13.99

    Vintage | Dec 10, 2008 | 480 Pages | ISBN 9780307489753

Praise

“Passionate and well-informedÉ[Avorn] goes beyond articulating the problems and makes mane creative suggestions about how we can do better.” –Annals of Internal Medicine“In Powerful Medicines, Dr. Avorn brilliantly demonstrates the corrosive effects of commercial influence over medical research, education, and clinical care. This impressive book demonstrates the adverse effects such privatization can have on the health care system and ultimately on patients.”–Bernard Lown, M.D., Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize Professor Emeritus, Harvard School of Public Health“Marked by solid scholarship, measured criticism, and pithy comments: an informative and highly readable study that makes a significant contribution to the ongoing discussion of an important health care issue.” –Kirkus Reviews“This is an authoritative, stunningly comprehensive, and beautifully written work about a subject that ought to interest every American. At last: a smart Harvard doctor who knows drugs, understands FDA and regulatory policy, and has a sense of humor. Unbelievable!”–Donald Kennedy, Ph.D., Editor-in-chief, Science;President emeritus, Stanford University; Former Commissioner of the FDA“Deepens a reader’s understanding of the complex cost-benefit analysis involved with prescription drugs.” –New York PostPowerful Medicines is a must read for anyone interested in the use, abuse, and economics of prescription drugs. The issues it addresses are central to the ongoing debate about how to reduce the cost and improve the quality of health care in America.” –Senator Edward M. Kennedy"Informative and wittyÉ. Makes a compelling case for prescription sanity and shows how constructive change can realistically be achieved."–Publishers Weekly “A book that is at once engrossing and definitive.”–Howard Gardner, Hobbs Professor of Education and Cognition Harvard Graduate School of Education

Table Of Contents

PROLOGUE: DIFFERENT STROKES

PART ONE: BENEFITS
1: THE PREGNANT MARE’S LESSON
2: LEAVING THE DARK AGES BEHIND, MOSTLY

PART TWO: RISKS
3: THE FAT IS IN THE FIRE
4: TOO SWEET TO BE TRUE
5: COLD COMFORT
6: GETTING RISKS RIGHT
7: THE MOST VULNERABLE PATIENTS
8: ENTER DOCTOR FAUSTUS
9: IMPERFECT MEASURES
10: WHOSE RISK IS IT, ANYWAY?
11: A BALANCING ACT

PART THREE: COSTS
12: LIVE CHEAP OR DIE
13: FILLING THE PIPELINE
14: WHAT THE TRAFFIC WILL BEAR
15: NAVIGATING THE THIRD DIMENSION

PART FOUR: INFORMATION
16: SIGNALS, NOISE, AND THE BIG VOID
17: INFORMATIONAL KUDZU
18: DEVISING AN ANTIDOTE
19: THE EMPEROR’S FASHION CRITICS
20: SAME LANGUAGE, DIFFERENT ACCENTS

PART FIVE: POLICY
21: PULLING THE FACTS TOGETHER
22: TURNING KNOWLEDGE INTO ACTION
23: MARKETS AND MEDICINES

EPILOGUE: THE TRIPLE-EDGED SWORD

NOTES
INDEX

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