The Push to Prescribe

Women and Canadian Drug Policy, by Anne Rochon Ford and Diane Saibil

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The Push to prescribe: Women and Canadian Drug Policy, by Anne Rochon Ford and Diane Saibil.

In recent years, heated debate has surrounded the pharmaceutical industry and how it has gained unprecedented control over the evaluation, regulation, and promotion of its own products. As a result, drugs are produced, regulated, marketed, and used in ways that infiltrate many aspects of everyday life. The nature and extent of this infiltration, and how this has special meaning for women, are at the core of The Push to Prescribe.

The book delves into the world of prescription drugs in Canada, and considers the impact on the health of women. From the inadequate testing of many drugs on women in clinical trials, to the sometimes questionable portrayal of women in illegal prescription drug advertising, Canadian drug policy has not always paid attention to how women and men are affected differently.

This is an essential resource for a variety of courses in Health Sciences, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacology, Public Policy, Public Health, Health Policy, Women’s Studies, Women’s Health, as well as many Social Science courses in areas like Sociology and Political Science. It will also be of interest to a general audience, health professional organizations, government health associations, and consumer and women’s groups.

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • presents an approach that combines compelling evidence with social, political, and gender-based analyses
  • discusses the complexity surrounding women and pharmaceuticals and uses the best evidence to argue for changes that better reflect women’s needs in public health policy and that ensure those who are best suited to make these determinations are included in policy-making

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