Drawing on the latest international sociological research, this monograph takes a critical look at contemporary developments, discourses and debate on pharmaceuticals and society. Key issues covered include: Pharmaceuticals and medicalisation The science and politics of drug development, testing and regulation Constructions of pharmaceuticals in professional and popular culture The meaning and use of medications in everyday life Pharmaceuticals, consumerism and citizenship Innovation and expectations regarding pharmaceutical futures Pharmaceuticals and the Internet Written in a lively, accessible style, with many engaging and important insights from key international figures in the field, this timely and topical monograph will appeal to a truly interdisciplinary audience of students, academics, researchers, professionals, practitioners and policy makers with an in interest in pharmaceuticals and society.

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