Public Health, Personal Health and Pills explores the processes and effects of the increasing governance of our lives through pharmaceuticals, looking at the moral, interactional, social and political forces that shape our use of them. It demonstrates the ways in which social relationships and identities are developed, sustained and transformed through medication use.

Building on the extensive medicalisation of health literature, and the more recent concept of pharmaceuticalisation, this pioneering book is firmly based on empirical research and sociological theory. It brings together macro considerations of trends in pharmaceutical consumption, regulation and policy, micro considerations of the decision-making and the negotiation of medication use in homes and clinics, and an institutional analysis of the role of drug monitoring agencies, drug subsidising agencies, drug trial methodologies and the media.

This book is a contribution to a burgeoning sociological interest in medication use, and will be of interest to a multidisciplinary audience of scholars and students of sociology, science and technology studies, pharmacy and health studies.

chapter 1|14 pages

Orienting to pharmaceuticalised governance

chapter 2|13 pages

The development of pharmaceutical hegemony

chapter 3|17 pages

Expanding medicine

chapter 4|17 pages

Moral forces and medicine

chapter 5|13 pages

Medication practices in the home

chapter 7|15 pages

Populations and medications

chapter 9|16 pages

Underreporting of side effects

chapter 10|12 pages

Pharmacovigilance lessons

chapter 11|13 pages

Different faces of governance

chapter 12|17 pages

Resisting pharmaceuticalised governance

chapter 13|7 pages

Drug entanglements and governance