The Law and Ethics of the Pharmaceutical Industry

1st Edition

Authors: M.N.G. Dukes
Hardcover ISBN: 9780444518682
eBook ISBN: 9780080459363
Imprint: Elsevier Science
Published Date: 4th November 2005
Page Count: 422
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As one of the most massive and successful business sectors, the pharmaceutical industry is a potent force for good in the community, yet its behaviour is frequently questioned: could it serve society at large better than it has done in the recent past? Its own internal ethics, both in business and science, may need a careful reappraisal, as may the extent to which the law - administrative, civil and criminal - succeeds in guiding (and where neccessary contraining) it.

The rules of behavior that may be considered to apply to today's pharmaceutical industry have emerged over a very long period and the process goes on. Even the immensely detailed standards for quality, safety and efficacy laid down in drug law and regulation during the second half of the twentieth century have their limitations as tools for ensuring that the public interest is well served. In particular, national and regional regulatory agencies are heavily dependent on industrial data for their decision-making, their standards and competence vary, and even the existing network of agencies does not cover the entire world. What is more there are many areas of law and regulation affecting the industry, concerning for example the pricing of medicines, the conduct of clinical studies, the health protection of workers and concern for the environment. In some fields it is indeed hardly possible to maintain standards through regulation.

Professor N.M. Graham Dukes, a physician and lawyer with long term experience in industrial research management, academic study and international drug policy, provides here a powerfully documented analysis into the way this industry thinks, acts, and is viewed, and examines the current trends pointing to change.

Key Features

Provides a balanced picture of the current role of the pharmaceutical industry in society Includes indices of conventions, laws, and regulations; as well as judicial and disciplinary cases *This is the only book addressing the legal implications of big pharma activities and ethical standards


Pharmaceutical Industry, Government policy makers, Academic Health policy researchers

Table of Contents



  1. INTRODUCTION: THE PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRY AND ITS PRODUCTS 1.1. The concept of a pharmaceutical product
    1.2. The development of the pharmaceutical industry
    1.3. The unique nature of the pharmaceuticals field and the need for rules 1.4. The various roles of the pharmaceutical industry today 1.5. Types of firms engaged in the pharmaceutical field
    1.5.1. Research-based companies x 1.5.2. Generic manufacturers 1.6. The reputation of the pharmaceutical industry

  2. SOURCES OF STANDARDS FOR BUSINESS AND INDUSTRY 2.1. Grounds for defining and respecting business standards 2.1.1 General
    2.1.2. A basis in h uman rights
    2.1.3. The notion of business ethics
    (i) Ethics in daily practice? (ii) Individual and company standards (iii) The purpose of business (iv) The Friedman dogma (v) Loyalty to the Company (vi) Distance from society (vii) The attitude of management 2.2. Some laws and regulations relating to business generally
    2.2.1. Laws of contract and Sale of Goods 2.2.2. The law of tort and non-contractual liability 2.2.3. Consumer Protection Legislation 2.2.4. Intellectual property: trade marks, patents and data exclusivity (i) Property and Human Rights (ii) Trade Marks and Counterfeiting (iii) Patent Law (iv) The TRIPS Agreement (v) The "evergreening" of patents (vi) Claims of data exclusivity (vii) The ethics of data protection 2.2.5 Social and employment law 2.


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About the Author

M.N.G. Dukes

Affiliations and Expertise

Oslo, Norway


"...Although Dukes doesn't attempt to catalogue all relevant laws, he provides categories and examples that serve as a useful starting point for understanding the types of policies and laws that should be considered in particular cases. In addition, Dukes includes stories that led to the adoption of some of the laws and policies, which helps to make the process more accessible to the reader." - Jeremy Sugarman, M.D., M.P.H., Johns Hopkins University for THE NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE(2006) "...a measured walk through most of the beter-known public policy issues revolving around drug research, marketing and use." - (2006)