This book examines the evolution of prescription drugs in the United States, as well as the formation of the pharmaceutical industry. It begins with a history of prescription drugs, dating back to their origins, then moves through the Industrial Revolution and into the present day. It also delves into the issues and controversies related to prescription drugs, such as drug costs, regulations, prescription drug abuse, insurance complications, and more. Both implemented and proposed solutions are also discussed. One of the most valuable aspects of the book is that it surveys the history of prescription drugs in a manner that helps the reader identify key issues in an easy-to-understand fashion. Finally, the perspectives chapter allows a broad range of voices to be heard, allowing crucial, diverse perspectives to round out the author’s expertise.
- Provides readers with an understanding of the various types of drugs and how they differ in their effects and possible applications
- Introduces a detailed review of the steps involved in the preclinical, clinical, and post-clinical stages of testing of a new prescription drug
- Outlines some major issues in the way experimental drugs are tested, such as gender, age, and racial bias
- Reviews the current status of prescription drug abuse in the United States
- Explains issues involved in the pricing of prescription drugs and issues involved in over-pricing