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The Drug Company Next Door: Pollution, Jobs, and Community Health in Puerto Rico

Alexa S. Dietrich


The production of pharmaceuticals is among the most profitable industries on the planet. Drug companies produce chemical substances that can save, extend, or substantially improve the quality of human life. However, even as the companies present themselves publicly as health and environmental stewards, their factories are a significant source of air and water pollution—toxic to people and the environment. In Puerto Rico, the pharmaceutical industry is the backbone of the island's economy: in one small town alone, there are over a dozen drug factories representing five multinationals, the highe ... More

Keywords: pharmaceutical industry, drug companies, air pollution, water pollution, Puerto Rico, environmental regulations, pharmaceutical corporations

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780814724996
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814724996.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alexa S. Dietrich, author