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Prozac & Sarafe- Identical but different

  Nathan Greenslit’s “Depression and Consumption: Psychopharmaceuticals, Branding, and New Identity Practices” examines a case where two chemically identical pharmaceutical drugs are branded and marketed as different, serving different purposes.  Fluoxetine Hydrochloride, under the brand name Prozac is marketed as … Continue reading

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Jill Fisher- ‘Ready-to-Recruit’ or ‘Ready-to-Consent’

Jill Fisher examines the recruitment methods of Contract Research Organizations (CRO’s) in her article “Ready-to-Recruit’ or ‘Ready-to-Consent’ Populations Informed Consent and the Limits of Subject Autonomy”.  She claims that these organizations take advantage of populations who consent to clinical trials … Continue reading

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Week 8-Summary of Readings

  Stefan Ecks- Global Pharmaceutical Markets and Corporate Citizenship: The Case of Novartis’ Anti-cancer Drug Glivec Glivec is a drug used to treat Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia and Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumours (GIST). This drug stalls the progress of cancer, and needs … Continue reading

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Corporate Science

Corporate Science and the Husbandry of Scientific and Medical Knowledge by Alastair Matheson analyzes the way in which medical discourse is constructed, and the influence that the pharmaceutical industry has on this process.  When introducing a new drug, pharmaceutical companies … Continue reading

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Katz, Caplan and Merz- Gift-giving

This week’s readings focus on the relationship between gifts given by drug companies to physicians and the influence this has on the prescription of medication.  The consensus is that gifts from drug companies tend to increase medication, and subsequently profit … Continue reading

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Fleck- Genesis and Development of a Scientific Fact

Fleck explores the roots of Syphilis in chapters one and two of Genesis and Development of a scientific fact.  In chapter one he establishes the great role that astrology and metaphysics played in forming our initial crude conceptions about this … Continue reading

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What do Pharmaceutical companies sell, medicine or diseases ?

David Healy’s article, “Influences on the Experience of Everyday Nerves”, exposes the tremendous influence and control which large pharmaceutical companies exercise over the public’s opinion regarding mental illnesses (anxiety, panic attacks, depression).  In essence, the public opinion concerning a disease … Continue reading

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