Inside the FDA
The Business and Politics Behind the Drugs We Take and the Food We Eat
By (author) Fran Hawthorne
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Inside the FDA by Fran Hawthorne
Book DescriptionThe 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780471610915
(235mm x 164mm x 29mm)
Imprint: John Wiley & Sons Inc
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Publish Date: 24-Mar-2005
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Fran Hawthorne
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With a welcome mixture of facts and humor, Hawthorne highlights the dilemmas of living an environmentally virtuous, healthy life in a fiercely consumption-oriented culture.--Michael F. Jacobson, Ph.D., Center for Science in the Public Interest.
Merck Druggernaut, Paperback (March 2005)
The Merck Druggernaut takes readers inside Merck & Company, once the greatest drug maker in the world-rated "the most admired company in the world" by Fortune magazine for an unprecedented seven years in a row-and now a bitter joke on Wall Street that can't seem to get a new drug out of its labs.
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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.
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Author Biography - Fran Hawthorne
FRAN HAWTHORNE is Senior Contributing Editor of Institutional Investor and has connections deep within the business and finance communities. Hawthorne has been covering health care and business for more than twenty years for Fortune, Crain's New York Business, and other publications, and she now writes regularly for such newspapers and magazines as the New York Times, Worth, and Self. She is the author of The Merck Druggernaut, which is also published by Wiley.
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