Harm from prescription drugs likely to grow, claims US sociologist

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 13 August 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a1280
  1. Barbara Kermode-Scott
  1. 1Boston

    Inbuilt “fatal flaws” in the way prescription drugs are tested and marketed in the United States are likely to increasingly expose US citizens to unacceptable side effects, a leading US sociologist has claimed.

    “Drug disasters are literally built into the current system of drug testing and approvals in the United States,” said Donald Light, professor of comparative health policy at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, speaking at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association in Boston, Massachusetts, earlier this month.

    “The way drugs …

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