Good Pharma: The Public-Health Model of the Mario Negri by Donald W. Light, Antonio F. Maturo

By Donald W. Light, Antonio F. Maturo

Drawing on key innovations in sociology and administration, this historical past describes a impressive institute that has increased clinical examine and labored out recommendations to the troubling practices of business pharmaceutical research. strong Pharma is the reply to Goldacre's undesirable Pharma: moral examine with out advertisement distortions.

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One of these was Rosanna Mapelli, who became Garattini’s secretary for the next 49 years. On June 29, 2012, we drove with the Institute’s English editor, Judith Baggott, out to Ms. Mapelli’s classic, lovely home with a pretty garden, to find her walking toward us, 82 but eager to greet us. She first met Professor Garattini (as she called him) in 1954, she recalled, at the Department of Pharmacology, where she also met her husband, a pharmacologist. She had left a job at a pharmaceutical company to become Professor Trabucchi’s personal assistant, and he promised her a contract but never drew one up; so she worked for him without pay.

By the time he was 20, he became a regional manager of the student branch of Azione Cattolica and organized conferences, several about religion in contrast to the anticlericalism of Marxist groups, and he overcame his shyness through public speaking. From these experiences, Silvio concluded that “You shall love your neighbor as yourself ” is the most important commandment and the foundation for social ethics. One pillar standing on that foundation is human dignity and respect for each person, regardless of different individual qualities and characteristics.

No Patents The logic of institutional autonomy for research integrity applies especially to patents. When the longtime exemption of medicines from patents as a societal good fell under intense industry pressure in the 1970s, the Institute 12 GOOD PHARMA decided after much debate that no discoveries would be patented. Patents and their prospects for revenue can distort research toward what is patentable and most attractive to investors instead of what is most beneficial for patients. ” By engendering concerns about who might steal the ideas or discoveries of another, patents can also stifle collaboration, open science, and fruitful synergies across projects.

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