The Body Hunters: Testing New Drugs on the World's Poorest Patients (2020)

The Body Hunters: Testing New Drugs on the World's Poorest Patients Sonia Shah The Body Hunters Testing New Drugs on the World s Poorest Patients Hailed by John le Carr as an act of courage on the part of its author and singled out for praise by the leading medical journals in the United States and the United Kingdom The Body Hunters uncovers
  • Title: The Body Hunters: Testing New Drugs on the World's Poorest Patients
  • Author: Sonia Shah
  • ISBN: 9781595582140
  • Page: 141
  • Format: Paperback
The Body Hunters: Testing New Drugs on the World's Poorest Patients Sonia Shah Hailed by John le Carr as an act of courage on the part of its author and singled out for praise by the leading medical journals in the United States and the United Kingdom, The Body Hunters uncovers the real life story behind le Carr s acclaimed novel The Constant Gardener and the feature film based on it A trenchant expos meticulously researched and packed wiHailed by John le Carr as an act of courage on the part of its author and singled out for praise by the leading medical journals in the United States and the United Kingdom, The Body Hunters uncovers the real life story behind le Carr s acclaimed novel The Constant Gardener and the feature film based on it A trenchant expos meticulously researched and packed with documentary evidence Publishers Weekly , Sonia Shah s riveting journalistic account shines a much needed spotlight on a disturbing new global trend Drawing on years of original research and reporting in Africa and Asia, Shah examines how the multinational pharmaceutical industry, in its quest to develop lucrative drugs, has begun exporting its clinical research trials to the developing world, where ethical oversight is minimal and desperate patients abound As the New England Journal of Medicine notes, it is critical that those engaged in drug development, clinical research and its oversight, research ethics, and policy know about these stories, which tell of an impossible choice being faced by many of the world s poorest patients be experimented upon or die for lack of medicine.
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  1. Petra X

    This book is quite a frightening expos of the American drug industry and how the FDA and the Government all conspire to keep it as the highest profit industry in the country Three things I ve learned 1 If you ask your doctor for meds you ve seen advertised on the tv and he happily prescribes them, you need to change your doctor He should be doing the diagnosing and prescribing, not you Drug advertising began because doctors didn t prescribe enough drugs to satisfy big Pharma, so they advertised [...]

  2. Gin Jenny (Reading the End)

    This review first appeared on readingtheend.Somebody recommended The Body Hunters when I reviewed Bad Pharma earlier this year, and I m pleased that I was able to get and read it so soon The author, an investigative journalist, here examines the ethics of biomedical research specifically, of American drug companies outsourcing clinical trials to companies with laxer ethical requirements than the US and large populations of sick patients to run tests on It s a fairly widespread practice that only [...]

  3. Bridget

    This book was a pleasant surprise It details the growth in the testing of prescription medicines on persons living in poor nations, and how the medical community has justified the lowered standard of safety and informed consent that is often used An upsetting book, since essentially what it documents is how drug companies test medicines for wealthy, rich nations on the poorest people in the world, even though they ll likely never get access to these drugs The twisting of ethics is fairly horrify [...]

  4. Young

    Educational Clear Informative Eye opening I really learned a lot about the pharmaceutical companies role and drug testing in developing nations It gave a brand new perspective on this industry This was an industry that I used to work in and never even knew that something like this was happening and the horrible impact of it on peoples of developing nations A great book for activists.

  5. Catherine Woodman

    I read this book in preparation for a PRIMR book conference on ethics well, this is kind of irritatingly over the top, with an axe to grind that makes it hard to focus on the reall issues that are here doing ethical trials in the third world I think the author s heart is in the right place, but she is so biased that it dilutes the argument for me which is that we need to hold the same standards for trials in the third world that we do here.

  6. Karen

    Long Story Short I believe every word in this book about the ethical perils and injustices of medical testing, but I m not sure at all what to do about it.Why I Chose This Book I m not really tuned in to the new releases, and a lot of what I find to read crosses my path indirectly This time, however, I crossed this book s path directly I was wandering through the library seeing if something would catch my fancy, and this book was one of the ones placed on a library shelf, propped on a bracket fa [...]

  7. David Meyer

    This book provides a fairly honest, interesting look at the world of clinical trials, with a focus on the research done in developing countries Personally, my feeling is that when done right, the benefits can be felt on all sides, and this book hasn t changed that opinion Exactly where the line should be drawn to ensure people are properly taken care of while still allowing game changing research to take place is certainly subjective There are shameful examples of drug companies taking advantage [...]

  8. Rachel Castelino

    I really enjoyed The Body Hunters, because it was a nuanced look into how pharmacological testing is shaped how the parameters of the testing are set up to sell us expensive drugs, how there isn t nearly enough funding for less profitable drugs, and how poor communities are used for testing in a way that isn t always ethical I liked that Shah didn t make it a series of terrible stories without context she clearly shows that we need medical testing, but also did a great job showing how the corru [...]

  9. Seth

    5 stars for taking a bold stance and bringing to light the hidden cruelties of clinical trials Let s promote public health over money grabbing and rote scientific progress when human lives are on the line.

  10. Chris Demer

    The subtitle says it all Testing New drugs on the World s poorest Patients This is a well written, brilliantly investigated expose of drug companies, the FDA, and contract research organizations CROs and how they conspire to seek out the most underprivileged among us to test new drugs for their markets, which are mostly developed nations where patients and or their insurers will pay inflated prices for them In developing these drug trials, short shrift is given to informed consent, excuses rangi [...]

  11. D Books

    Pharmaceutical companies are exposed in this book for their horrendous actions upon human beings in developing countries South Africa, Thailand, India, and etc Similar deceitful medical research tactics that occurred during the Tuskegee Syphilis Study are occurring in other nations in this present day and age The reason why the average American doesn t know about these types of studies is because the pharmaceutical companies do not want anyone to know and are hiding it fairly well among the worl [...]

  12. Amanda

    Working at a hospital that offers hundreds of clinical trials, I have been introduced to all the major pharmaceutical and CRO companies that deal with trials, not just here but all over the world This book interested me since I had that familiarity with trials but only see them in a domestic setting After reading this book, I now have an understanding of just how far and low these companies will go to get their drugs out on the market and making money I had no idea half of these scenarios were h [...]

  13. Sean Bailey

    Every so often you pick up a book or watch a movie show that just opens your eyes In this case it was the pharmaceutical industry, after reading The Body Hunters, written by journalist Sonia Shah in 2006 It s been a couple of months or so since I finished reading it and I still feel angry at some issues I came across There are so many that I came across, but I ll try and touch on only a few It s definitely a book worth picking up.My full review inseansopinion 2011 11 03

  14. John Ison

    Informative analysis of the history of clinical trials in the USA and in the developing world It raise serious questions about the ethics and effectiveness of human trials, no matter where they are carried out She also questions the conflicts between creating drugs to treat disease and creating drugs to sell lifestyle drugs Everyone gets attacked the FDA, the NIH, doctors, researchers, drug companies, academic researchers, advertisers, advertising, developing countries It s all a mess It is an i [...]

  15. Jeannie

    Way information than I wanted to know, it was just too technical for me I wanted to learn about the people used in the testing than the pharmaceutical companies It s a shame this goes on in our world.

  16. Nicole

    Very interesting book New alot of this stuff already from other classes, but very intersting to see the whole picture together I think ACP did a good job by requiring this book to be read in HCHV I would suggest this to any inquiring minds who are interested in ethical debates.

  17. Caroline

    Everyone should read this book Everything you wanted to know, or maybe didn t want to know, about the pharmaceutical industry.

  18. Kathy McC

    Interesting,and sad, non fiction about drug testing done in Third World countries by American drug companies.

  19. Weavre

    It s another make me angry book, perhaps, but it s a good and informative one A little slow at times, but worth reading.

  20. Books written by POC

    Just made it through Sonia Shah s The Body Hunters indictment of Big Pharma s drug research on disempowered peoples I think I would have been impressed prior to reading Smith and Roberts.

  21. Lorene

    Fascinating history of drug testing in America and the third world A little tedious in parts but a real eye opener.

  22. Wendy

    This book made me angry at drugs companies, the government, the FDA, researchers, scientists, etc I don t think we will ever fix our world.

  23. Ametista

    Il mondo dell industria farmaceutica non mi sconosciuto per cui in questo libro non ho trovato nulla di nuovo.Lo consiglio ai consumatori di farmaci di sintesi.

  24. Gina

    Need to put this back on my to read list Not really in the right frame of mind to read this book now, but i should read it.

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