A Prescription for Change: The Looming Crisis in Drug Development

Michael Kinch (Author)

Product Details

University of North Carolina Press
Publish Date
March 01, 2018
6.14 X 0.79 X 9.21 inches | 1.19 pounds
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About the Author

Michael Kinch is a professor at Washington University in St. Louis. He is the author of Between Hope and Fear (Pegasus Books), The End of the Beginning (Pegasus Books) and A Prescription for Change (UNC Press). Beyond his current work documenting the sources of innovation responsible for new medicines, he has led cancer research activities at the biotechnology company MedImmune and the development of medicines to prevent pandemic virus outbreaks at Functional Genetics, Inc. He led drug discovery at Yale University before moving to St Louis.


Begins with the history of drug development from ancient times up to 2016. . . . Packs in detail, but keeps it readable.--Compression

An informative and fascinating read for anyone with an interest in the drug discovery process, scientists, healthcare professionals, investors, regulators, or those who just want to see our economy flourish and public health to be improved for the global benefit to society or just to protect an individual 401K plan. . . . Highly recommend this well-written book as a must read for anyone with the slightest interest in how the drug discovery process impacts our economy and public health.--Doody's Reviews

A thorough review of the history of the development of every drug to receive FDA approval. . . . [Kinch] brings to this book many decades of research and harrowing personal experience with pharma.--EurekAlert!

Traces the history of the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries and describes the evolution of the scientific, regulatory, social, and marketing forces that are compromising contemporary drug developments . . . . Well explained and illustrated with useful anecdotes.--Science Magazine

A cogent and comprehensive view of where the drug industry is today and how it got there.--Health Affairs