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SOAS Professorial Research Associate publishes book on prescription drug websites

25 April 2014

Lewis H Glinert, Professorial Research Associate at SOAS investigates prescription drug websites in his latest book.

Co-written with Jon C Schommer A Screenful of Sugar?: Prescription Drug Websites Investigated offers insight into the uncharted waters of prescription drug information, promotion on the internet and suggests how it might be transformed into an unprecedented agent for good. The book focus throughout on practical outcomes: How can information for consumer decision making be optimised and how can consumers use it responsibly?

With drug information rapidly migrating to the Web, the book examines the chronically poor standards of drug information available to consumers in the developed and the developing world are being further compromised. It traces the social and political history of prescription drug information and marketing to Western consumers, offers a social and communicative profile of prescription drug Web sites, and evaluates the most widely used sources of prescription drug information, from government organisations and information companies and TV-related sites, to health service provider sites, manufacturers’ brand sites, and social media, including YouTube and Wikipedia.