Pill Politics: Drugs and the FDA

Synopsis

"The FDA's initial mandate to protect health grew out of pharmaceutical-related disasters in the early 1900s. Later criticisms that the agency's approach impeded industry competitiveness and failed to meet public need, however, led to a political compromise on its mission. The new FDA has cut its review time nearly in half and allows direct-to-consumer advertising, off-label promotion of drugs, and the "fast-tracking" of treatments. Ceccoli convincingly shows that this approval process, while redressing valid complaints, is also creating a new complex of problems that must be resolved." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Boulder, CO
Publication year:
  • 2004

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