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Few people realize that prescription drugs have become a leading cause of death, disease, and disability. Adverse reactions to widely used drugs, such as psychotropics and birth control pills, as well as biologicals, result in FDA warnings against adverse reactions.

The Risks of Prescription Drugs describes how most drugs approved by the FDA are under-tested for adverse drug reactions, yet offer few new benefits. Drugs cause more than 2.2 million hospitalizations and 110,000 hospital-based deaths a year. Serious drug reactions at home or in nursing homes would significantly raise the total. Women, older people, and people with disabilities are least used in clinical trials and most affected.

Health policy experts Donald Light, Howard Brody, Peter Conrad, Allan Horwitz, and Cheryl Stults describe how current regulations reward drug companies to expand clinical risks and create new diseases so millions of patients are exposed to unnecessary risks, especially women and the elderly. They reward developing marginally better drugs rather than discovering breakthrough, life-saving drugs.

The Risks of Prescription Drugs tackles critical questions about the pharmaceutical industry and the privatization of risk. To what extent does the FDA protect the public from serious side effects and disasters? What is the effect of giving the private sector and markets a greater role and reducing public oversight? This volume considers whether current rules and incentives put patients' health at greater risk, the effect of the expansion of disease categories, the industry's justification of high U.S. prices, and the underlying shifts in the burden of risk borne by individuals in the world of pharmaceuticals. Chapters cover risks of statins for high cholesterol, SSRI drugs for depression and anxiety, and hormone replacement therapy for menopause. A final chapter outlines six changes to make drugs safer and more effective.

Suitable for courses on health and aging, gender, disability, and minority studies, this book identifies the Risk Proliferation Syndrome that maximizes the number of people exposed to these risks.

Additional Columbia / SSRC books on the privatization of risk and its implications for Americans:

Bailouts: Public Money, Private ProfitEdited by Robert E. Wright

Disaster and the Politics of InterventionEdited by Andrew Lakoff

Health at Risk: America's Ailing Health System-and How to Heal ItEdited by Jacob S. Hacker

Laid Off, Laid Low: Political and Economic Consequences of Employment InsecurityEdited by Katherine S. Newman

Pensions, Social Security, and the Privatization of RiskEdited by Mitchell A. Orenstein

Pocket Guide For Brand And Generic Drugs Contains An Alphabetical List Of Brand Name Drugs And Their Generic Name. This Handy Pocket-Size Guide Is An Excellent Resource For Use In The Classroom To Accompany Additional Educational Products, And As An On-The-Job Reference. Pocket Guide For Brand And Generic Drugs Is An Affordable, Helpful Reference Tool For Both Students And Clinicians Alike. Bundle This Pocket Guide With Additional Jones & Bartlett Texts, And Save Up To 30%! Ask Your Account Specialist About Bundle Options And Bulk Purchase Specials For Your Program!

Drug interactions and adverse drug effects are responsible for the hospitalization and extended hospitalization of more than 100,000 Americans annually, not to mention a significant number of deaths. In Handbook of Drug Interactions: A Clinical and Forensic Guide, leading drug experts from pharmacology, toxicology, medicine, nutrition, and law have compiled a concise record of the known interactions of the most commonly prescribed drugs, as well as their interaction with nonprescription compounds. The agents covered include CNS drugs, cardiovascular drugs, antibiotics, and NSAIDs. The authors review the pharmacology, pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, chemistry, metabolism, epidemiological occurrences, adverse reactions, and significant interactions for each class of drugs. Where necessary, they also consider forensic factors and implications for criminal law, malpractice, and tort litigation. Environmental and social pharmacological issues are also addressed in chapters on food and alcohol drug interactions, nicotine and tobacco, and anabolic doping agents. Individual chapters are devoted to drug interaction litigation and the role of psychotropic medications in crime. A detailed index provides rapid access to the book's extensive information on potential interactions.
Comprehensive and thorough, Handbook of Drug Interactions: A Clinical and Forensic Guide provides physicians with all the information needed to avoid prescribing drugs with undesirable interactions, and those active in clinical chemistry and laboratory medicine with all the data necessary to interpret possible interactions between drugs found simultaneously in patient samples.

“Poisoning & Drug Overdose belongs in every emergency physician’s workroom.”
--Academic Emergency Medicine reviewing earlier edition

“…a great addition to any emergency department library when rapid reference is needed to treat and diagnose the poisoned patient.”
-- Annals of Emergency Medicine reviewing earlier edition

An instant-answer guide you can turn to for on-the-spot treatment of poisoning and drug overdose

Poisoning & Drug Overdose, Sixth Edition delivers critical information on effective diagnosis and treatment of drug-related emergencies and chemical exposures.

Divided into four sections, easily identified by dictionary-style tabs:
Section I covers initial emergency management, including treatment of complications; physical and laboratory diagnosis; and decontamination and enhanced elimination procedures
Section II provides detailed information on 150 common drugs and poisons
Section III describes the use of antidotes and therapeutic drugs to treat poisoning
Section IV describes the medical management of chemical and occupational exposures, with a table of more than 500 industrial chemicals

Poisoning & Drug Overdose, Sixth Edition is enhanced by numerous tables, charts, and a comprehensive index featuring generic, chemical, and brand names, making it an essential resource for anyone responding to drug-related emergencies and chemical exposures.

Featuring more than ten thousand entries, this comprehensive medical reference provides detailed information on what medicines are, their purpose, dosages, potential side effects, contraindications, and drug and food interactions for generic and brand-name medications, along with information on ailments, herbal remedies, and nutritional supplements. Original.

Drugs for the Heart presents highly portable, up-to-date information on every drug class used to treat cardiovascular disease. Drs. Lionel H. Opie and Bernard J. Gersh put the latest dosages, interactions, indications and contraindications, side effects, and more at your fingertips, equipping you to make effective clinical decisions on behalf of your patients.

  • Consult this title on your favorite e-reader, conduct rapid searches, and adjust font sizes for optimal readability.
  • Quickly check when to use each drug for any condition with the popular "Which Drug for Which Disease" chapter.
  • Get expert advice from the practice-proven experience of two well-known editors who represent the best possible combination of clinical and research expertise in cardiovascular therapeutics.
  • Expedite your reference with summaries of each drug class at the end of chapters.
  • Carry it with you anywhere thanks to a highly compact, pocket-sized format.
  • Navigate the latest pharmacologic advances through coverage of the newest drugs and drug classes, as well as all the latest clinical trial results and evidence used to treat heart disease.
  • Effectively manage comorbid diseases.
  • Apply international insights into cardiac drugs, thanks to new global contributors.
  • Visualize key pharmacologic and physiologic actions thanks to dynamic new full-color drawings.

Thoroughly updated for its Third Edition, this handbook provides complete, current, and easily accessible information on how psychotropic drugs interact with one another and with compounds used to treat non-psychiatric medical conditions. The book is organized for rapid reference, includes numerous tables, and offers guidelines for managing adverse effects.

The Third Edition includes an adverse drug effects table in the appendix section, tables on receptor binding and dosing, and the latest information on drugs of abuse and chemical dependence. This edition also includes drug-food interactions for each drug category and interactions of psychotropic drugs with HIV medications.

Provides evidence-based information, tips and guidance on how to conduct successful Medicines Use Reviews (MURs). The ten main chapters identify and discuss specific medical conditions seen in community pharmacy while further sub chapters include advice on treatment options and relevant practical tips. This comprehensive book also includes: an overview of MURs; explanation of the accreditation process; advice on MUR form documentation; guidance on providing a patient-focused service. This excellent reference will enable pharmacists to provide high quality advice to patients. It will be invaluable for all pharmacists carrying out MURs, pre-registration and newly registered pharmacists, clinical pharmacy students, accredited pharmacists setting up a MUR service, pharmacy students and lecturers in pharmacy practice.

An understanding of drug interactions has become essential to the practice of medicine. Since publication of the first edition of this Concise Guide in 2001, our increasing pharmacopoeia—coupled with prolonged human life spans—has made polypharmacy commonplace.

Like the first edition of this unique pocket reference, the Second Edition is written expressly for clinicians. With four new contributors, this bestseller includes expanded sections on both phase I and phase II metabolism, updates of existing chapters and tables, new graphics, and extensive Web site references. Brand-new chapters discuss P-glycoproteins, "minor" cytochrome P450 enzymes, pain management with narcotic and nonnarcotic analgesics, prescribing guidelines, and medicolegal issues.

This exceptionally practical guide is divided into four parts:

1. An easy-to-read, succinct review of pharmacology, written with clinicians in mind, explaining the importance of understanding our metabolic system and pharmacokinetics and P-glycoprotein drug interactions.

2. Thorough, carefully referenced reviews of the most clinically relevant phase I and phase II metabolic enzymes highlighted with newly expanded tables and study cases.

3. A section unique to this book on drug interactions by medical specialty, with drug tables arranged by how they are used in specialties such as gynecology, infectious diseases, internal medicine, neurology, oncology, psychiatry, and pain medicine.

4. Chapters on practical matters: prescribing guidelines, how to identify drug interaction patterns, strategies for reviewing the current literature, and medicolegal concerns.

Enhanced by detailed descriptions and clinically based explanations, and complemented by a unique pocket guide to the most common and potent inhibitors and inducers of drug metabolism, this updated concise "how-to" guide will prove indispensable for busy students, teachers, and practitioners in all medically specialties.

  • Huge market: medical students, residents, doctors, physician assistants, physician assistant students, family medicine residents, nurses, and dental students
  • Offers alphabetical coverage of 1000 of the most commonly used medications
  • New to this edition: first time coverage of 25 new drugs, new formulations, and changes in approval use of existing medications