Singer and Baer’s Killer Commodities

Killer Commodities: Public Health and the Corporate Production of Harm
Merrill Singer and Hans A. Baer, Editors
AltaMira Press, 2008
439 pages
US $ 34.95 (Paperback)

Reviewed by Mark Hill, Wayne State University

In Killer Commodities, Merrill Singer, Hans Baer, and fourteen other social scientists examine how detrimental effects associated with consumer goods persist despite U.S. and …

In the Journals

Peter Benson on “Safe Cigarettes” and FDA regulation of tobacco products

In an upcoming issue of Dialectical Anthropology – already available online – Peter Benson has a very interesting article in which he examines the issues surrounding a bill passed earlier this year, which placed tobacco products under the regulatory aegis of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  I was able to read this paper earlier as a discussant …


PDUFA, Drug Safety, and Marketing

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In advance of the renewal deadline for PDUFA (Prescription Drug User Fee Act) in 2007, critics and supporters came out of the woodwork to do public battle. Once PDUFA was renewed the hubbub died back down. PDUFA, enacted first in 1992, is a program in which companies submitting drugs for approval to the FDA pay a user’s fee. In exchange, …


Warning Label Spin: Further Reflections on What the FDA is Up Against

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When modern businesspersons are faced with an obstacle, they do not ask themselves, “How will I overcome this challenge?” Instead they say, “How can I turn this challenge into an opportunity?” This is at heart a marketing philosophy, since it implies not the protection of existing territory, but expansion of it. Marketing is the strategic growth arm of every corporation.…

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