Commercialization of biomedical science

29/12/2008 at 13:35 Leave a comment

For anyone interested in the effects of commercialization to biomedical science, Shamus Kahn has a very nice introductory post on scatterplot. He mentions some of the surface effects like Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Celexa, Serzone, and Effexor not being significantly more effective than a placebo. He also points to places where one finds more literature on the subject. (and includes a Simpsons episode! But only for those in the US as videos on Hulu are subject to regional restrictions.)

In addition, I can recommend a review article by Philip Mirowski titled “Johnny’s in the Basement, Mixin’ Up the Medicine”. He discusses the commercialization of biomedical science with a background from economic sociology and from science studies.

Mirowski, P. (2007). Johnny’s in the Basement, Mixin’Up the Medicine: Review of Angell, Avorn, and Daemmrich on the Modern Pharmaceutical Predicament. Social Studies of Science, 37(2), 311. 

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