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Inside the FDA: The Business and Politics Behind the Drugs We Take and the Food We Eat

by Fran Hawthorne (Author)



Product Description

The forces that shape America's most powerful consumer agency
Because of the importance of what it regulates, the FDA comes under tremendous
political, industry, and consumer pressure. But the pressure goes far beyond the
ordinary lobbying of Washington trade groups. Its mandate-one quarter of the
national economy-brings the FDA into the middle of some of the most important
and contentious issues of modern society. From "designer" babies and abortion to
the price of prescription drugs and the role of government itself, Inside the
FDA takes readers on an intriguing journey into the world of today's most
powerful consumer agency.

In a time when companies continue to accuse the FDA of nitpicking and needlessly
delaying needed new drugs, and consumers are convinced that the agency bends to
industry pressure by rushing unsafe drugs to market, Inside the FDA digs deep to
reveal the truth. Through scores of interviews and real-world stories, Hawthorne
also shows how and why the agency makes some of its most controversial decisions
as well as how its recent reaction to certain issues-including the revolutionary
cancer drug Erbitux, stem cell research, and bioengineering of food-may
jeopardize its ability to keep up with future scientific developments.

Inside the FDA takes a closer look at the practices, people, and politics of
this crucial watchdog in light of the competing pressures and trends of modern
society, revealing what the FDA is supposed to do, what it actually does-and
fails to do-who it influences, and how it could better fulfill its mandate. The
decisions that the FDA makes are literally life and death. Inside the FDA
provides a sophisticated account of how this vitally important agency struggles
to balance bureaucracy and politics with its overriding mission to promote the
country's health.

Fran Hawthorne (New York, NY) is a senior contributing editor of Institutional
Investor and has connections deep within the business and finance communities.
Hawthorne has been covering healthcare and business for more than twenty years
for such publications as Fortune, BusinessWeek, and Crain's New York Business.
She is the author of The Merck Druggernaut (cloth: 0-471-22878-8; paper:
0-471-67906-2).

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"The forces that shape America's most powerful consumer agency
Because of the importance of what it regulates, the FDA comes under tremendous
political, industry, and consumer pressure. But the pressure goes far beyond the
ordinary lobbying of Washington trade groups. Its mandate-one quarter of the
national economy-brings the FDA into the middle of some of the most important
and contentious issues of modern society. From ""designer"" babies and abortion
to the price of prescription drugs and the role of government itself, Inside the
FDA takes readers on an intriguing journey into the world of today's most
powerful consumer agency.

In a time when companies continue to accuse the FDA of nitpicking and needlessly
delaying needed new drugs, and consumers are convinced that the agency bends to
industry pressure by rushing unsafe drugs to market, Inside the FDA digs deep to
reveal the truth. Through scores of interviews and real-world stories, Hawthorne
also shows how and why the agency makes some of its most controversial decisions
as well as how its recent reaction to certain issues-including the revolutionary
cancer drug Erbitux, stem cell research, and bioengineering of food-may
jeopardize its ability to keep up with future scientific developments.
Inside the FDA takes a closer look at the practices, people, and politics of
this crucial watchdog in light of the competing pressures and trends of modern
society, revealing what the FDA is supposed to do, what it actually does-and
fails to do-who it influences, and how it could better fulfill its mandate. The
decisions that the FDA makes are literally life and death. Inside the FDA
provides a sophisticated account of how this vitally important agency struggles
to balance bureaucracy and politics with its overriding mission to promote the
country's health.

Fran Hawthorne (New York, NY) is a senior contributing editor of Institutional
Investor and has connections deep within the business and finance communities.
Hawthorne has been covering healthcare and business for more than twenty years
for such publications as Fortune, BusinessWeek, and Crain's New York Business.

She is the author of The Merck Druggernaut.

Product Details

Hardcover: 338 pages
Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (February 25, 2005)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0471610917

 

 

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