Prescription Drugs, Policy and Public Health
PubH 6399, 3 credits
This course will introduce students to fundamental concepts and issues related to prescription drugs, policy and public health. The course is designed to walk students through the life cycle of prescription drugs, beginning with research and development and ending with the public health impact of drugs – such as prescription drug abuse. The course will review key policies and public health programs related to each stage of a prescription drug’s life cycle, including Congressional funding (focused on speeding the development and approval process of needed drugs); public and private approaches to increase access to prescription drugs; and exceptions to international laws that allow some countries to violate a prescription drug patent for the sake of improving the health of impoverished citizens.