Thursday, December 1, 2011

Pills, Power and Policy, by Dominique Tobbell

Since the 1950s, the American pharmaceutical industry has been heavily criticized for its profit levels, the high cost of prescription drugs, drug safety problems, and more, yet it has, together with the medical profession, staunchly and successfully opposed regulation. Pills, Power, and Policy offers a lucid history of how the American drug industry and key sectors of the medical profession came to be allies against pharmaceutical reform. It details the political strategies they have used to influence public opinion, shape legislative reform, and define the regulatory environment of prescription drugs. Untangling the complex relationships between drug companies, physicians, and academic researchers, the book provides essential historical context for understanding how corporate interests came to dominate American health care policy after World War II.
 "A superb and compelling account of the creation of one of America’s most reviled entities: Big Pharma. With clarity and subtlety, Pills, Power, and Policy weaves together the political, economic, and the medical to reveal the entangled history behind our modern pharmaceutical predicament."

--Andrea Tone, Ph.D., Professor of History & Canada Research Chair in the Social History of Medicine, McGill University
About the author:
Dominique A. Tobbell, Ph.D is a historian of 20th century medicine, science, technology, and health care politics and policy. She is assistant professor in the Program in the History of Medicine at the University of Minnesota.
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