The Handbook of Psychopharmacology Trials: An Overview of Scientific, Political, and Ethical Concerns

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Each year pharmaceutical companies invest billions of dollars in clinical trials of drugs used for the treatment of central nervous system diseases. Due to enormous progress in basic pharmaceutical research in recent years, controlled tests of new medications are flourishing and these trials have rapidly become an intense focus of practical medical research. Aware of the complexities presented in the design, execution, and evaluation of clinical trials, Marc Hertzman and Douglas E. Feltner bring together a collection of essays that dissect the scientific, psychosocial, political, and ethical concerns that must be examined for any CNS trial. The internationally known contributors examine concerns about ethics and cost; the FDA and its regulatory impact; and the implementation of a variety of trials, for disorders such as schizophrenia, alcoholism, eating disorders, insomnia, and aggression. The editors carefully consider important social issues including the considerations related to women's special needs; and the relative merits of psychotherapy and medications. The Handbook of Psychopharmocology Trials provides an up-to- date and stimulating exploration of important issues on the subject of CNS Clinical trials.