On the merits of the pharmaceutical industry
But the sector has a bad image, because its profits are considered to be too high. Critics accuse the companies of large-scaled manipulation of research data. Farmabashing has meanwhile become a national sport.
The reality however is different. In this book, Henk Jan Out shows how drugs are developed in real life. He discusses relevant topics around conflicts of interest, transparency, publication bias, costs of research and development, marketing, court cases and social responsibility. He concludes we should be happy with this industry that invests billions in research and development. He argues that these companies are far more transparent than we sometimes think, and that it is one of the most heavily regulated businesses. But above all, he shows that patients benefit from new medicines!”
Published in September, 2016, in Dutch at Prometheus.
Handboek Farmaceutische Geneeskunde
Edited by Henk Jan Out, Paul van Meurs en Rudolf van Olden
This “Handbook of Pharmaceutical Medicine” tries to elucidate briefly some of the most relevant aspects of clinical trials. The systematic approach will contribute to insights into the complete picture of medicines, both in terms of clinical research and the legal/regulatory/quality framework.
This handbook is meant for everybody in the Netherlands working in clinical research, from Clinical Research Associate and Clinical Project Manager, to Research Nurse, PhD-student or associate/adjunct professor. But above all for everybody that carries responsibility in hospitals for the correct performance of clinical trials.
“…., diens woord men spreekt?”
De financieringsbron als kwaliteitskenmerk van klinisch geneesmiddelenonderzoek