Body Hunters Testing New Drugs on the World's Poorest Patients

ISBN-10: 1595582142

ISBN-13: 9781595582140

Edition: 2007

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An eye-opening look at Big Pharma's unethical and exploitative drug trials in the global souththe true story behindThe Constant Gardener. Hailed by John le Carré as "an act of courage on the part of its author" and singled out for praise by the leading medical journals in the United States and the United Kingdom, The Body Hunters uncovers the real-life story behind le Carré's acclaimed novelThe Constant Gardenerand the recent feature film based on it. "A trenchant exposé...meticulously researched and packed with documentary evidence" (Publishers Weekly), Sonia Shah's riveting journalistic account shines a much-needed spotlight on a disturbing new global trend. Drawing on years of original research and reporting in Africa and Asia, Shah examines how the multinational pharmaceutical industry, in its quest to develop lucrative drugs, has begun exporting its clinical research trials to the developing world, where ethical oversight is minimal and desperate patients abound. As theNew England Journal of Medicinenotes, "it is critical that those engaged in drug development, clinical research and its oversight, research ethics, and policy know about these stories," which tell of an impossible choice being faced by many of the world's poorest patientsbe experimented upon or die for lack of medicine.
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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: New Press, The
Publication date: 10/30/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 242
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

John le Carre was born in 1931. After attending the univesities of Berne and Oxford, he spent five years in the British Foreign Service. He's the author of eighteen novels, translated into twenty-five languages. He lives in England.

Foreword
Preface
Clinical Trials Go Global
The Placebo Control
Growing the Pharma Monolith
Uncaging the Guinea Pig
HIV and the Second-rate Solution
South Africa: Drug Trials and AIDS Denialism
Outsourcing to India: The One Billion Body Politic
Calibrating Ethical Codes
The Emperor Has No Clothes: The Vagaries of Informed Consent
Tipping the Scales
Conclusion
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index
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