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A Defacto Placebo Effect?

After reading the Greenslit piece, I wonder if the way a drug gets packaged can influence that drug’s efficacy. I.e., might there be a placebo effect from taking a drug with certain “inessential” characteristics versus taking a chemically identical drug … Continue reading

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Summaries for March 26

This week’s readings explore Pharma’s strategies for, and the moral issues involved in, the recruitment of clinical trial participants (CTP’s), especially from vulnerable populations. A Synopsis of the Readings Jill Fisher’s “‘Ready-to-Recruit’ or ‘Ready-to-Consent’ Populations?” Fisher argues that Pharma, and … Continue reading

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The Luxury of Expecting Morality

In any given day, I expect two things: for me to be a reasonably “moral” agent to others; and for others to behave in a reasonably “moral” way towards me. Hence, while wary of the occasional “bad person,” I do … Continue reading

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Yay for Placebos!

Firstly, a warning: my commentary is on an issue VERY tangential to our actual readings; i.e. it has little to do with the actual arguments from this week. Still, I wanted to highlight one of the most impressive facts I … Continue reading

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In Defense of Pharma: The Importance of Patents

Many in India have called for Pharma to “withdraw all patent applications” (Ecks 170). For the longest time, I shared anti-patent sentiments, coming from a liberterian perspective. My initial reasoning: patents create monopolies, prevent competition and involve market regulation. Monopolies … Continue reading

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When the Evaluated Pay their Evaluators…

                The recent financial meltdown revealed large bond ratings agencies, notably Moody’s, Finch and S&P, would rate “toxic bonds” as “prime”. To clarify, certain profit-seeking companies are paid to rate bonds (kinds of … Continue reading

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An Interesting Documentary about FSD…

Last week’s readings/ discussion reminded me of a great documentary I saw a couple years back on Female Sexual Dysfunction and the role pharmaceutical companies have played in its evolution as a putative “disease”: Orgasm, Inc. There’s some free versions of … Continue reading

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