The Public and the Ethical Drug Industry: What Role for Government?

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drug industry, ethics, public knowledge, government role, public policy, public health


Food and Drug Law | Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences | Political Science | Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Public Health


Why should a student of government be concerned with the ethical drug industry? Before answering this question it is appropriate to have clearly in mind just what the term implies. The ethical drug industry is that segment of the total drug industry which produces pharmaceuticals sold only by a doctor's prescription. This type of drug may be contrasted to the "over-the-counter" drug which can be bought at any time without a prescription. Another feature which distinguishes this industry is that it generally advertises only to the medical profession. The "over-the-counter" industry, on the other hand, advertises its products mainly to the public at large. With this in mind, we may return to the question posed above.

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Political Science

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