Regulating Medicines in Europe
Competition, Expertise and Public Health
Routledge – 2000 – 256 pages
This Book explains and investigates how medicines are controlled in Europe, especially the EU. Based on penetrating documentary and interview research with the pharmaceutical industry, regulators and consumer organisations,it provides the first major critical examination of the new Europeanised systems of medicine regulation. The authors argue that the drive to produce and approve more drugs more quickly for a single European market dominates other considerations, such as improvements in democratic accountability, the independence of regulators and scientific expertise from commercial interests, and drug safety testing and surveillance.
John Abraham is Professor of Sociology and Co-ordinator of the Centre for Research in Health and Medicine at the University of Sussex, and former Research Fellow in Science Policy at the University of Reading. Dr Graham Lewis is a wirte and cinsultant on European and international medicines regulation.