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Lancet. 2002 Nov 9;360(9344):1498-502.

The pharmaceutical industry as a political player.

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Centre for Research in Health and Medicine, University of Sussex, BN1 9SN, Brighton, UK.


The pharmaceutical industry has produced many drugs that have benefited man. Political frameworks designed to govern the industry must maintain these benefits. However, regulation needs to be sufficiently robust to protect public health from drugs that are unsafe, ineffective, or unnecessary. The extent of industry influence over drug regulation, at the expense of other interested parties, suggests that the current system could be more robust. The many ways in which the pharmaceutical industry can influence governments and regulatory agencies are discussed, and methods by which this influence can be curbed are suggested.

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