Pills, politics, and prescriptions. Drugs, disease, and drama. For a short history of the US pharmaceutical industry in the 1970s and 1980s, check out my award-winning book.
- “Richert shows that our system of drug approval and regulation cannot be understood in simple back-and-white terms. Instead, a host of competing interests pull the FDA in all sorts of directions. Anyone interested in contemporary drug regulation will find this a useful resource.” (Joseph F. Spillane, University of Florida)
- “This book is a must-read for anyone interested in the recent history of pharmaceutical regulation and for policymakers engaged in the making of pharmaceutical policy.” (Dominique Tobbell, University of Minnesota)
- “A thoughtful and accessible narrative history…” (David Herzberg, University at Buffalo, State University of New York)
My 2014 book, Conservatism, Consumer Choice and the FDA during the Reagan Era: A Prescription for Scandal, tries to understand the American drug industry in the era in which I grew up, the 1980s. Ronald Reagan was President. Dynasty, Dallas, and The Dukes of Hazard were on the television.
In writing this book, I tell a sometimes frightening story about how the regulation of Big Pharma got twisted, turned, and pulled upside down by politicians, consumer groups, and drug industry leaders. The stakes were extremely high. Lives were at stake. People’s health rested in the balance.
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