The Globalization of Drug Research

The drugs approved for the market depend upon the quality of the research. This article in Vanity Fair is a detailed examination of the possible problems that arise as the major pharmaceutical companies shift there research to other countries.

Prescription drugs kill some 200,000 Americans every year. Will that number go up, now that most clinical trials are conducted overseas—on sick Russians, homeless Poles, and slum-dwelling Chinese—in places where regulation is virtually nonexistent, the F.D.A. doesn’t reach, and “mistakes” can end up in pauper’s graves? The authors investigate the globalization of the pharmaceutical industry, and the U.S. Government’s failure to rein in a lethal profit machine.

Read More http://www.vanityfair.com/politics/features/2011/01/deadly-medicine-201101?printable=true&currentPage=all#ixzz17XrBHpEd

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