Pharmaceuticals and the consumer movement: the ambivalences of 'patient power'

Lofgren, Hans 2004, Pharmaceuticals and the consumer movement: the ambivalences of 'patient power', Australian health review, vol. 28, no. 2, pp. 228-237.

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Title Pharmaceuticals and the consumer movement: the ambivalences of 'patient power'
Author(s) Lofgren, Hans
Journal name Australian health review
Volume number 28
Issue number 2
Start page 228
End page 237
Publisher Australasian Medical Publishing Company
Place of publication Sydney, N.S.W.
Publication date 2004-11-08
ISSN 0156-5788
Summary Consumer and patient advocacy groups (PAGs) are important participants in the politics of pharmaceuticals. Yet very little is known about the precise nature and extent of their influence. It is argued in this article that PAGs fulfil a mixed role within the health system at national and transnational levels, and that they are at times fully incorporated into economic and political power structures. Their frequent dependence on pharma industry funding is of particular concern. PAGs provide a means of direct industry interaction with the final customer, thereby partially bypassing and putting additional pressure on doctors and regulators. The article presents the case for research to establish a better empirical base for discussions about the role of PAGs within contemporary neo-liberal governance structures.

Language eng
Field of Research 169999 Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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