But never fear -- there's no need to lounge around reading Danielle Steel novels! Below are seven recommended books on the pharmaceutical and pharmacy industry.
Alas, there are no good books to recommend on pharmacy economics or the pharmaceutical supply chain -- the core topics of my Drug Channels blog. I’ll get around to writing that book one of these days.
I’ll be back after Labor Day unless some major news event compels me to write sooner. In the meantime, send me an email if I’ve missed your favorite book and I’ll add it to the list.
Have a great summer!
Skin in the Game: How Putting Yourself First Today Will Revolutionize Health Care Tomorrow – An intermittently interesting look at the concepts behind consumer-directed healthcare movement, notable because it is co-authored by John Hammergren, Chairman of the Board, President, Chief Executive Officer of McKesson (
Protecting America's Health: The FDA, Business, and One Hundred Years of Regulation – This is a fascinating look at the evolution of the pharmaceutical industry and the history of
The Business of Healthcare Innovation – A solid analysis of key commercial issues in the four major business sectors developing innovative healthcare products - pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices, and information technology. Each sector receives a chapter-length analysis that includes market structure, key players, product development, commercialization, alliances, business strategy, and growth prospects. Thoughtful executives will be grateful for the book's solid research foundation and unwavering focus on practical business strategy issues. (You can read my full review on Amazon.)
Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy – This book provides an academic look at the economics of the pharmaceutical manufacturing industry. Read it to get grounded on some fundamental principles behind the industry and to better understand the strategies that pharmaceutical companies pursue. The book is quite dense, so I advise you to dip into it as a reference rather than trying to read it straight through, i.e., this is not beach reading. There are also many helpful references to reputable academic research about the drug industry.
Marketing Channels (7th Edition) – This MBA-level textbook is a must-own for any executive who thinks strategically about the way in which customers buy their company's products. While not specific to the pharmaceutical industry, many of the general principles apply to companies within
Guide to Federal Pharmacy Law – Alright, I’ll admit that this one is for hard-core pharmacy industry analysts only. I have used it as a reference on certain distribution issues, although the book does not cover every relevant topic and can be out-of-date on fast-moving topics such as pedigree. As a non-lawyer, I enjoy reading the author’s analyses of individual pharmacy law cases.