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Over Dose: The Case Against the Drug Companies: Prescription Drugs, Side Effects, and Your Health

by Cohen, a psychiatrist and professor of family medicine, in this repetitive

but necessary expos of drug companies' marketing practices, physicians'
prescribing behavior, and the inadequacy of dosing information in the
Physicians' Desk Reference. Cohen argues that most adverse effects could be
eliminated if doctors tailored a drug's dosage to an individual, but because
manufacturers want to obtain approval for new drugs as quickly as possible, they
do not perform adequate testing to determine the lowest effective amount. This
can cause doctors to use a "one size fits all" mentality and prescribe like
dosages for all patients. Cohen presents a plethora of practical information,
including lower effective dosage recommendations for 53 top-selling drugs and a
questionnaire for patients to determine how sensitive they are to medication.
Numerous case studies, quotations from prominent researchers, and references
support his premise that doctors should usually "start slow, go slow," and
always individualize the dosage for each patient. Highly recommended for public
and medical libraries. Natalie Kupferberg, Biological Sciences/ Pharmacy Lib.,
Ohio State Univ., Columbus

Product Details

Paperback: 318 pages
Publisher: (October 2003)
ISBN-10: 158542370X

 

 

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