In recent years, heated debate has surrounded the pharmaceutical industry and how it has gained unprecedented control over the evaluation, regulation, and promotion of its own products. As a result, drugs are produced, regulated, marketed, and used in ways that infiltrate many aspects of everyday life. The nature and extent of this infiltration, and how this has special meaning for women, are at the core of The Push to Prescribe.
This is an essential resource for a variety of courses in Health Sciences, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacology, Public Policy, Public Health, Health Policy, Women's Studies, Women's Health, as well as many Social Science courses in areas like Sociology and Political Science. It will also be of interest to a general audience, health professional organizations, government health associations, and consumer and women's groups.
“This compelling book is about one of the major societal problems of this decade: the over-consumption of prescription drugs. Much of the information is original and certainly not available elsewhere. Books such as this are much needed to educate and engage people in finding solutions to this problem. This book is extremely valuable.” - James M. Wright, Departments of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology, and Therapeutics, and Medicine, University of British Columbia
“Canada needs this book. If you’re going to read any book about women and pharmaceuticals this year, this is the one. The key strength of this book is the breadth of material, with an approach that marries evidence with social and political values. Written by some of Canada’s experts in this field, the essays in this book will help women develop their own levels of healthy skepticism and help them make rational and knowledgeable prescription drug use the norm, not the exception.” — Alan Cassels, Director, Drug Policy Futures, University of Victoria
“The Push to Prescribe is comprehensive in its coverage of key topics, refreshingly clear of jargon, and very timely. It will provide very useful background material to the current debate over the role of pharmaceuticals in the increasing costs of health care in Canada. It is invaluable in pulling together research findings from different literatures and policy documents. I would strongly recommend it.” — Patricia Kaufert, Community Health Sciences, University of Manitoba
"This is a book that I would use to help students think critically about women's health needs. It is also a book that I would recommend to patients.There is undoubtedly the need for a book that examines pharmaceutical issues critically. This book will provide a significant contribution to the field. The authors capture the complexity surrounding women and pharmaceuticals and make a cogent argument for why Canadians need to think carefully about what we thought we already knew. This is, in fact, part of the strength of this book: It suggests that we need to reconsider previous assumptions about what is best for women, what is best for public health policy, and who is best suited to make thse determinations. [...] I will buy a copy for myself, my mother and my daughter." - Peggy J. Kleinplatz, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa
About the Editors:
Anne Rochon Ford is the Coordinator of Women and Health Protection, a national working group mandated to provide research-based policy advice on the safety of prescription medication. Over the last decade, WHP has commissioned research on a range of topics within the field of women and pharmaceuticals, resulting in the body of work represented in this book.
Diane Saibil is a freelance writer and editor.