Innovation and the Pharmaceutical Industry: Critical Reflections on the Virtues of Profit (Conflicts and Trends.

H. Tristram Engelhardt; Jr

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Synopsis: iInnovation and the Pharmaceutical Industry: Critical Reflections on the Virtues of Profit examines the central role of profit in the development of pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and health care generally. Recent efforts to understand this role have often underestimated and even dismissed its importance, arguing for its replacement by other means and mechanisms. However, as the essays in this volume attest, it would be impossible to account adequately for the range of pharmaceuticals and medical devices that have become part of everyday medicine without recognizing that the depth and scope of innovations are tied not simply to altruism, a concern for the common good, or the pursuit of knowledge for its own sake, but crucially to the pursuit of private good and of individual profit.

Balancing a concern for theory and practice, the analyses and evaluations provided in these essays touch directly on many of the most heated and important debates in pharmaceutical ethics, such as profit margins, corporate social responsibility, drug advertising, litigation, patents, and parallel trade. Reflecting critically on the problems and prospects of medical innovation, they invite a rethinking of the foundations of the bioethics and business ethics of the pharmaceutical and medical device industries by focusing on the long-term impact of policy decisions for human health and well-being.

About the Author: H. Tristram Engelhardt, Jr., holds degrees in both medicine and philosophy. He is Professor in the Department of Philosophy at Rice University, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine. In addition to having authored over 300 articles and chapters of books, as well as having authored or co-edited more than 30 volumes, he is the senior editor of The Journal of Medicine and Philosophy.

Jeremy R. Garrett, M.A., is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at California State University, Sacramento.

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