Crime problem in the pharmaceutical industry

Galas, Maria (2011) Crime problem in the pharmaceutical industry. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This dissertation examines the problem of crime within the pharmaceutical industry. It shows the extend of the problem, and the cost of it compared to other types of crime. It starts with a definition of corporate crime, and then presents the historical background of drug companies. It shows that pharmaceutical industry is one of the most profitable industries in the world, which is concentrated on profits, and therefore violates the law repeatedly.

    Based on case examples, this study shows that punishment is often not adequate to crimes committed by drug companies. It may be assumed that penalties are part of their business plan. Their profits are much higher than penalties, and they often commit the same crimes.

    This study also points out a very worrying fact regarding the detection of crimes committed by drug companies. Most of them are detected because of whistle blowers, and not by appropriate authorities. Another serious and probably most important aspect that this study indentifies is the fact that drug companies consciously release products to the market which may cause death of patients. Even if they present themselves in a good light in the media, they are no different than other corporations. Their actions may have very serious consequences to people, as they play a very important role in the society. They supply millions of people with life saving medicines, therefore changes in the regulations are needed, because the current ones do not fulfil their role.

    The amount of material on this subject is very broad, that is why the study presents only the most important aspects of the problem.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2011 13:16
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:50
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/5680

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