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Prescription Games: Money, Ego and Power inside the Global Pharmaceutical Industry

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 25 August 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:458
  1. Gregory Haines, pharmacist and historian
  1. St Ignatius' College, Riverview, New South Wales, Australia

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    Jeffrey Robinson

    Simon and Schuster, £17.99, pp 343

    ISBN 0 684 85837 1

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    Appraisals of the pharmaceutical world tend to group themselves into heroic chronicles of progress or exposés of an industry that Robinson, in this book, styles Big Pharma. Either way, stereotype replaces reality. Robinson's work, predictably with one reliant on media reports from 1995, brings out nothing new. The usual and expected threats and failures are there: how the third world and unprofitable diseases are ignored; how everything from markets to medical education and research is manipulated; how doctors are offered improper inducements to prescribe or support certain products regardless of cost, relative efficacy, …

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