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Generic

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9781421414935
Author(s): Jeremy A. Greene
Format: Hardcover
Year: 2014
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Dimensions: 160 x 0 x 230 (w x l x h)
Pages: 376
Pages: 18

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Generic drugs are now familiar objects in clinics, drugstores, and households around the world. We like to think of these tablets, capsules, patches, and ointments as interchangeable with their brand-name counterparts: why pay more for the same? And yet they are not quite the same. They differ in price, in place of origin, in color, shape, and size, in the dyes, binders, fillers, and coatings used, and in a host of other ways. Claims of generic equivalence, as physician-historian Jeremy Greene reveals in this gripping narrative, are never based on being identical to the original drug in all respects, but in being the same in all ways that matter. How do we know what parts of a pill really matter? Decisions about which differences are significant and which are trivial in the world of therapeutics are not resolved by simple chemical or biological assays alone. As Greene reveals in this fascinating account, questions of therapeutic similarity and difference are also always questions of pharmacology and physiology, of economics and politics, of morality and belief. Generic is the first book to chronicle the social, political, and cultural history of generic drugs in America.
It narrates the evolution of the generic drug industry from a set of mid-twentieth-century 'schlock houses' and 'counterfeiters' into an agile and surprisingly powerful set of multinational corporations in the early twenty-first century. The substitution of bioequi Please click here to ask a question
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