Autumn Books

Science, Politics, and the Pharmaceutical Industry: Controversy and Bias in Drug Regulation

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 21 October 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:1101
  1. Joe Collier

    John Abraham UCL Press, pounds sterling12.95, pp 308 ISBN 1 85728 200 0

    John Abraham's book on the relationship between the regulators and the pharmaceutical industry is a classic. For years there have been suspicions, and even allegations, that all too often those responsible for regulating the licensing and marketing of drugs have favoured the interests of manufacturers rather than those of the consumer. Hard data were often sparse—in the United Kingdom not least because of the excessive secrecy surrounding licensing.

    Sometimes the special relationship was obvious; what other explanation could there be for the way the Department of Health (now the Medicines Control …

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