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'The battle for progress: How should pharmaceuticals be controlled?' Inaugural lecture of Professor John Abraham (Department of Social Science, Health & Medicine, Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy, King's College London)

Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy (SSPP), King's College London

Wednesday, 24 June 2015 from 18:30 to 20:30 (BST)

'The battle for progress: How should pharmaceuticals...

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'The battle for progress: How should pharmaceuticals be controlled?'

Pharmaceuticals are frequently an important part of treatment and intervention to maintain or improve health. This lecture examines how pharmaceuticals are developed, tested and regulated, together with the implications of these for public health. Pharmaceuticals are typically developed by the multi-billion pound pharmaceutical industry and represent a very substantial part of the expenditure of health-care systems. Crucial governance challenges are whether the political systems in place for controlling pharmaceuticals are sufficient to promote adequate and improving standards of drug safety, to nurture innovations that provide significant therapeutic advance for patients, and to contribute to cost-effective health interventions. The lecture  considers how well those political systems have fared in these objectives and whether they are evolving in the right direction by reference to a number of controversial dimensions, such as the nature of the university-government-industry nexus in research, including intellectual property rights; the medical-industrial complex; the role of patient organizations in shaping drug regulation; trajectories of regulatory decision-making and standards in regulatory science; and the independence and public accountability of government regulatory agencies. Finally, a political framework to advance progress and minimize misadventures in pharmaceutical regulation for public health is sketched.

Biography:

John Abraham is Professor of Sociology in the Department of Social Science, Health and Medicine at King’s College, London. Initially trained as a mathematician, he worked with the Radical Statistics arm of the British Society for Social Responsibility in Science and then earned three postgraduate degrees: MSc in Science Policy Studies, MA in Sociology and DPhil in Politics. He has published widely in sociology, politics and science/technology studies, but most recently his research has focused on the history and social science of pharmaceuticals and health policy, including innovation, safety. efficacy, regulation, pricing and cost-effectiveness, especially in the UK, EU and US. He is author of numerous books on this subject, such as  Science, Politics and the Pharmaceutical Industry (Routledge); The Therapeutic Nightmare: The Battle over the World’s most Controversial Sleeping Pill (Earthscan); Regulating Medicines in Europe: Competition Expertise and Public Health (Routledge); and most recently Unhealthy Pharmaceutical Regulation: Innovation, Politics and Promissory Science published by Palgrave in November 2013. 

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The Great Hall
Ground Floor, King's Building, Strand Campus, Strand
King's College London
WC2R 2LS London
United Kingdom

Wednesday, 24 June 2015 from 18:30 to 20:30 (BST)


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Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy (SSPP), King's College London

The Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy (SSPP) is a dynamic, diverse and interdisciplinary hub of scholarship at the heart of London; home to one of the largest university communities for social research and education in the UK. SSPP has world-leading expertise across our four schools and the Policy Institute at King’s, from political economy to security studies; international development and geography to global health, education and communication. Our global institutes provide specialist insight into dynamic regions of the world. Our students, from over 130 countries, are central to our research and influence. Many of our expert academic staff contribute to debates on key challenges across society, the economy and environment, responding to the needs of policy-makers, whilst policy-makers contribute directly to research and teaching as visiting members of the Faculty.

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