Prescription Drugs
A Reference Handbook
by David E. Newton
November 2021, 343pp, 6x9
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-7772-8
$63, £47, 55€, A86
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According to a survey from the National Center for Health Statistics, 46% of Americans reported taking a prescription drug within the last 30 days.

Prescription drugs are a basic and invaluable part of society today, but there is debate surrounding the methods of testing new drugs, the possible misuse of prescription drugs, and the economics of drug production and use.

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.

Features

  • 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
David E. Newton holds a BA in chemistry, an MA in education from the University of Michigan, and an EdD in science education from Harvard University. He is author of more than 400 textbooks, encyclopedias, and other educational materials. He taught mathematics, chemistry, and physical science in Grand Rapids, Michigan, for 13 years; was professor of chemistry and physics at Salem State College, MA, for 15 years; and was adjunct professor in the College of Professional Studies at the University of San Francisco for 10 years.

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