Journal article

Pharma in the bedroom ... and the kitchen .... The pharmaceuticalisation of daily life

Nick J Fox, Katie J Ward

SOCIOLOGY OF HEALTH & ILLNESS | WILEY | Published : 2008

Abstract

This paper examines the consequences of a new emphasis on lifestyle in the production, marketing and consumption of pharmaceuticals. Over the past decade, a range of medicines have become available that address aspects of lifestyle, while others have been the subject of lifestyle marketing. We argue, with recourse to a broad literature from the social sciences, economics and health services research and from our study of pharmaceutical consumption, that two processes can be discerned. First, there is a domestication of pharmaceutical consumption, with drugs available via home computers, and marketing of pharmaceuticals that focuses upon private or personal conditions and addresses domestic a..

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