Drug Use & Pharmaceutical Industry 2007

Drug Use & Pharmaceutical Industry 2007 - Total $ of Rx...

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Chapter Nine Drug Use & the Pharmaceutical Industry
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Drugs  are substances that produce a  change in cellular or psychological  functioning of humans.  Prescription drugs  are drugs that are  available only by written permission of a  physician, dentist, or other licensed  practitioner. Non-prescription drugs/over-the-counter  drugs  (OTC) are drugs that are available  without a prescription.
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Illicit drugs  are drugs used for (unapproved)  non-medical purposes. Pharmacoepidemiology  is the study of the  supply and flow of medications  throughout a population. Disease  is a pathological condition of the  body that presents abnormality. Symptoms  are changes in the body or its  functions that indicates the disease.
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Total number of Rx in 2006 was 3.7 billion (4.6% growth fr 2005)
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Unformatted text preview: Total $ of Rx in 2006 was $274.9 billion (8.3% growth from 2005) Reasons for increases in the number of Rx: 1. lifestyle medical conditions like insomnia, impotence, baldness, restless leg syndrome 2. new classes of drugs, like combination drugs (Advair, Vytorin), anti virals, new drugs for Alzheimer's, cancer, etc. 3. aging population, therefore need for more drugs. Role of FDA 1. ensures the purity, safety, and efficacy of all new drug products; 2. regulate labeling of prescription drugs, including advertising; 3. regulate the manufacturing of prescription drugs, including institution recalls of unacceptable products; 4. regulate bio-equivalence standards 5. conduct post-marketing surveillance...
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