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Is There Fair Business Practice in Pharmaceutical Companies?

Fair business practice is the idea that governing bodies refer to when dealing with trust issues and breaches in antitrust law and the point is to make sure that competition is not hindered in any way. However, anti-competitive practices do exist and are the focus of many legal institutions, for example, the Department of Justice in America is focused on getting rid of anti-competitive practices in healthcare, especially in areas such as price-fixing and in circumstances where healthcare providers attempt to persuade customers to drug providers that are cheaper for that provider (1). 

The price-fixing issue in pharmaceuticals can be considered as more of a Continue reading “Is There Fair Business Practice in Pharmaceutical Companies?”

Antidepressants- Are Pills The Way Forward?

Pills
Pills (was it obvious?)

Antidepressants are drugs developed to suppress the symptoms of depression (too obvious?)

There are two main causes of depression that are treated by antidepressants; if the person has low serotonin levels they are mostly treated with SSRI’s; selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors to increase this level. Serotonin is important to brain activity because it is a neurotransmitter and so sends signals between neurons and although scientists are still unsure of why, especially since the level of serotonin can only be monitored in the bloodstream currently and not the brain, the site of neurological activity. Because of this uncertainty, it is unknown why serotonin relieves the symptoms of depression Continue reading “Antidepressants- Are Pills The Way Forward?”

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