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Medical care presents update on pharmaceutical health services research
Date:11/5/2012

Philadelphia, Pa. (November 5, 2012) - Pharmaceutical health services research goes beyond studying the effects of individual drugs, to looking at the complex and interrelated effects of medications on the health of patients and the population. The special November issue of Medical Care highlights important new papers in key areas of pharmaceutical health services research. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.

The 14 papers in the special issue cover a wide range of topics related to the health effects of marketed medications, with special attention to monitoring drug safety throughout the product lifecycle. It honors the pioneering efforts of Frances O. Kelsey, MD, PhD.

Dr Kelsey is most famous as the FDA staff member who resisted approval of thalidomide, citing lack of evidence of safety of a drug later shown to be a cause of major congenital malformations. "Dr Kelsey is an icon in the history of drug development and regulationa woman of remarkable strength and insight," writes Julie M. Zito, PhD, Professor of Pharmacoepidemiology and Psychopharmacology, University of Maryland Schools of Pharmacy and Medicine, Guest Editor of the special issue.

Drug EthicsAn Emphasis on Public Health Ethics?

The lead article is an invited commentary by Howard Brody, MD, PhD, Director of the Institute for the Medical Humanities at University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston. Traditionally, ethical issues at the intersection of medicine and the pharmaceutical industry have focused on "medical professionalism"particularly disclosing potential conflicts of interest between physician/researchers and drug co
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Contact: Connie Hughes
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646-674-6348
Wolters Kluwer Health
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