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Powerful Medicines The Benefits, Risks, and Costs of Prescription Drugs

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ISBN-10: 1400030781

ISBN-13: 9781400030781

Edition: 2005

Authors: Jerry Avorn

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If you believe that the latest blockbuster medication is worth a premium price over your generic brand, or that doctors have access to all the information they need about a drug’s safety and effectiveness each time they write a prescription, Dr. Jerry Avorn has some sobering news. Drawing on more than twenty-five years of patient care, teaching, and research at Harvard Medical School, he shares his firsthand experience of the wide gap in our knowledge of the effectiveness of one medication as compared to another. In Powerful Medicines, he reminds us that every pill we take represents a delicate compromise between the promise of healing, the risk of side effects, and an increasingly daunting…    
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Book details

List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 8/9/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 480
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Introduction to the Updated Vintage Books Edition
Prologue: Different Strokes
Benefits
The Pregnant Mare's Lesson
Leaving the Dark Ages Behind, Mostly
Risks
The Fat is in the Fire
Too Sweet to Be True
Cold Comfort
Getting Risks Right
The Most Vulnerable Patients
Enter Doctor Faustus
Imperfect Measures
Whose Risk is it, Anyway?
A Balancing Act
Costs
Live Cheap or Die
Filling the Pipeline
What the Traffic Will Bear
Navigating the Third Dimension
Information
Signals, Noise, and the Big Void
Informational Kudzu
Devising an Antidote
The Emperor's Fashion Critics
Same Language, Different Accents
Policy
Pulling the Facts Together
Turning Knowledge Into Action
Markets and Medicines
Epilogue: The Triple-Edged Sword
Notes