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Adverse EventsRace, Inequality, and the Testing of New Pharmaceuticals$
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Jill A. Fisher

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781479877997

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479877997.001.0001

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“Your Health Is Your Wealth”

(p.1) Introduction
Adverse Events

Jill A. Fisher

NYU Press

This introduction describes what Phase I trials are and what is expected of healthy people who participate. It also details who typically enrolls in these trials, mapping out the demographic characteristics of healthy volunteers and explaining the seriality of their enrollment in US trials. This background information informs the argument of the book—that US Phase I trials are fundamentally built upon and shaped by social inequalities and that these social inequalities generate risk to study participants as well as invalid study results that may threaten public health. It introduces the two organizing concepts of the book—imbricated stigma and the healthy volunteer as a model organism—and concludes with an overview of the book itself.

Keywords:   phase I clinical trials, healthy volunteers, United States, social inequalities, imbricated stigma, model organism, public health, risk, pharmaceutical industry

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