Drug industry

Drug industry

Don't swallow everything you hear about women's health

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Canadian Women's Health Network (CWHN)
Centres of Excellence for Womens Health (CEWH)
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Author: 
Kathleen O'Grady
Publisher: 
Canadian Women's Health Network
Publication Date: 
2006
Publication Place: 
Winnipeg, MB

Discusses women and medications.

Selling sickness: how the world's biggest pharmaceutical companies are turning us into patients

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Author: 
Ray Moynihan
Alan Cassels
Publisher: 
Greystone Books
Publication Date: 
2005
Publication Place: 
Vancouver, BC

Reveals how widening the boundaries of illness and lowering the threshold for treatments is creating millions of new patients and billions in new profits.

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ISBN 1553651316
PHAR.M68 2005
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

The marketization of depression: the prescribing of SSRI antidepressants to women

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English
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Centres of Excellence for Womens Health (CEWH)
Women and Health Protection (WHP)
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Paper
Online
Author: 
Janet Currie
Publisher: 
Women and Health Protection
Publication Date: 
2005
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

Looks at the impact of SSRI use among Canadian women. Reviews what is currently known about the benefits and harms caused by SSRIs, as well as both the definition and incidence of depression in women.

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WHP PHAR.C87 2005
ISBN 0973870109

Marching to different drummers: health advocacy groups in Canada and funding from the pharmaceutical industry

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English
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Centres of Excellence for Womens Health (CEWH)
Women and Health Protection (WHP)
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Online
Author: 
Sharon Batt
Publisher: 
Women and Health Protection
Publication Date: 
2005
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

Explores drug company funding of health and disease advocacy groups. Argues that it creates a conflict of interest that needs to be recognized and addressed.

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WHP PHAR.B38 2005

A hard pill to swallow

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Wendy Mesley
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CBC Marketplace
Publication Date: 
2005
Publication Place: 
Toronto, ON

Examines the health risks associated with Diane-35, a drug to treat severe acne, yet marketed as a bill control pill.

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CBC

"Julie's Story." From fats to farts: what's stinky about these ads

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Barbara Bourrier-LaCroix
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Canadian Women's Health Network
Publication Date: 
2005
Publication Place: 
Winnipeg, MB

Targets a recent ad campaign, entitled "Julie's Story," sponsored by Hoffman-LaRoche, makers of Xenical. Describes the side-effects of this drug, and presents a mock ad, entitled "Barbara's Story."

Unhealthy times: political economy perspectives on health and care in Canada

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Pat Armstrong (ed.)
Hugh Armstrong (ed.)
David Coburn (ed.)
Publisher: 
Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 
2001
Publication Place: 
Don Mills, ON

Explores the visible and not so visible aspects of health care reforms, using political economy perspectives.

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HERF.U54 2001
ISBN 0195415094
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Gender perspectives on health and medicine: key themes

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English
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Marcia Texler Segal (ed.)
Vasilikie Demos (ed.)
Jennie Jacobs Kronenfeld (ed.)
Publisher: 
Advances in Gender Research
Publication Date: 
2003
Publication Place: 
New York, NY

Offers a critique of exclusively biomedical approaches to personal and public health. Also looks at the medicalization of personal and social problems, the commodification of health care, and questions of agency, responsibility and control.

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GEND.G46 2003
ISBN 0762310588
ISSN 15292426
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Includes bibliographical references and index. --- Review, June/July 2005: This book is about gender, health and medicine broadly defined. As seen throughout the text, medicine and health are social constructions, and gender is an embedded part of them. The different authors reveal that embedded with gender in the institution of medicine are race, class, and sexuality. Taken as a whole, the volume offers a critique of exclusively biomedical approaches to personal and public health and calls for more sociological input and qualitative research to help understand aspects of health and illness. Recurring themes include the medicalization of personal and social problems, the commodification of healthcare, and questions of agency, responsibility and control. It contains such timely topics as somatic distress among women with breast cancer, drug company funding of research on women's sexual problems, and racial and ethnic health disparities.

Transparency in drug regulation: mirage or oasis?

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Author: 
Joel Lexchin
Publisher: 
Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives
Publication Date: 
2004
Publication Place: 
Ottawa, ON

Criticizes the Therapeutic Products Directorate (TPD), the arm of Health Canada in charge of testing and approving new drugs, particularly its dependence on funding from the pharmaceutical industry. Finds that these close ties with the pharmaceutical firms has led to the concealment of scientific or technical information about the safety and efficacy of new drugs.

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ISBN 0886273854

Let them eat Prozac

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David Healy
Publisher: 
James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers
Publication Date: 
2003
Publication Place: 
Halifax, NS

Examines the practices of the pharmaceutical industry.

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ISBN 0550287834
PHAR.H43 2003
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Includes bibliographical references and index. --- Review, Network Summer/Fall 2004: Prozac, Paxil, Celexa, Zoloft -- we all recognize these names, and probably know at least one or two people who have been prescribed these medications. With sales in the billions of dollars, we have to ask ourselves: is North America experiencing a depression epidemic, or are the pharmaceutical companies getting better at marketing drugs than making them? David Healy explores these difficult questions, taking us on a scary journey through the practices of the pharmaceutical industry. We soon learn that drug companies and researchers still do not know exactly how these drugs work, or what their potential side-effects are. Healy also reveals – and subsequent health warnings from both Britain and Canada have confirmed his findings -- that some patients taking new anti-depressants may become suicidal, and may be committing suicide at a much higher rate than if they had been left untreated. Let Them Eat Prozac is also a history of Healy's career, both working for the big pharmaceutical companies, and criticizing them.
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