Pharmaceutical Ethics and Health Care Access (Hardcover)

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A fragmented health care industry combined with longer life expectancies is helping to push up the price of prescription drugs.

While pharmaceutical manufacturers point to increased costs of research and development for higher prices, the truth is that big pharma and its allies operate in an environment of secrecy, with no rhyme or reason when it comes to charges.

Richard George Boudreau explores why we find ourselves in such a predicament in this book. He raises several ethical concerns, chief among them being how much should actually be charged for drugs and whether the industry itself is behaving ethically. The author tackles questions such as:

Who are the industry players and what role have each played in the crisis?

How can we begin to solve the problem of high pharmaceutical costs?

How are overpriced drugs affecting vulnerable populations and society at large?

Solving the problem of high pharmaceutical costs won't be easy, but if stakeholders get together and do their part, it can be done. Health care providers who write prescriptions for drugs as well as the patients who take those drugs, however, must play a major role in ensuring prices remain affordable.

About the Author

Richard George Boudreau is a maxillofacial surgeon, bioethicist, attorney at law, and forensic expert who serves on the faculty of the U.C.L.A. Department of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. He has earned numerous academic credentials, including B.S., M.A., M.B.A., D.D.S., MD., J.D., Ph.D., and Psy.D. degrees. He is also the author of Bioethics Perspective of the Feasibility and Implementation of an Existential Psychoanalytic Praxis Addressing End-of-Life Care in the Elderly; Incorporating Bioethics Education into School Curriculums; US Universal Health Care in 2020; and Medical Error, Ethics, and Apology.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781665705660
ISBN-10: 1665705663
Publisher: Archway Publishing
Publication Date: May 7th, 2021
Pages: 252
Language: English

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