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Pills, Power, People: Sociological Understandings of the Pharmaceutical Industry

Busfield, J (2006) 'Pills, Power, People: Sociological Understandings of the Pharmaceutical Industry.' Sociology, 40 (2). pp. 297-314. ISSN 0038-0385

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This article examines how sociology can contribute to an understanding of the work, power and impact of the pharmaceutical industry. Drawing in particular on Latour?s theoretical and empirical analysis of science, in conjunction with a more explicit consideration of power, it examines the scientific ?fact making? involved in the clinical trials of drugs designed to assess their safety and effectiveness, assessments that are the basis for securing approval for their release onto the market. It also examines post-approval drug assessments and the fuller evaluation of a drug that emerges with time. It shows how the industry?s control over this science, especially in the pre-approval stage, has helped to encourage extensive, and often excessive, use of pharmaceuticals.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Sociology, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2012 16:05
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 13:20

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