Adverse Reactions: The Fenoterol Story

Adverse Reactions: The Fenoterol Story

By: Neil Pearce (author)Paperback

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Beginning in 1976 deaths from asthma in New Zealand rose suddenly and dramatically, tripling by 1979. "Adverse Reactions" tells the controversial and gripping story of how a group of young researchers, of whom the author was one, discovered that the asthma drug fenoterol was a cause of this alarming epidemic. Facing powerful pressures and hostile opposition from conservative medical opinion and from the drug industry, they persisted and finally saw their conclusions accepted and the death rate falling. Neil Pearce recalls the period 1988-90, the years of this struggle, as a personal story but he also draws attention to many issues about drug safety in New Zealand and internationally and about the contest between money and science in medical research. The foreword is written by Prime Minister Helen Clark, who was Minister of Health at the time of the controversy.

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About Author

NEIL PEARCE, professor and director of the Centre for Public Health Research, Massey University, Wellington, has made pioneering contributions to the development, acceptance and practical application of epidemiology and is widely regarded as one the world's most broadly based epidemiologists. He has written fourteen books on the epidemiology of cancer, asthma and occupational health including two leading textbooks on occupational epidemiology and on asthma.


Table of Contents; Chapter 1 Fools rush in; Chapter 2 Some history; Chapter 3 History is rewritten; Chapter 4 History repeats itself; Chapter 5 'Maybe these drugs are not all the same'; Chapter 6 The first study; Chapter 7 Getting the paper published; Chapter 8 Adverse reactions; Chapter 9 The second study; Chapter 10 Mixed reactions; Chapter 11 Positive reactions; Chapter 12 Parting shots

Product Details

  • publication date: 01/01/2007
  • ISBN13: 9781869403744
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 232
  • ID: 9781869403744
  • weight: 400
  • ISBN10: 1869403746

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