- Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
- Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
I am interested in how market forces, state regulation and medical research affect drug development and drug use in society. One theme in my research is the regulation of the pharmaceutical industry's marketing. In a series of articles, partly in collaboration with others, I have described problems with the Swedish and British model of self-regulation, where the authorities entrust the main responsibility for reviewing the marketing to the trade organizations of the pharmaceutical industry.
Another theme in my research is how authorities evaluate drugs and how economic, political and organizational conditions can influence government decisions. In a project funded by the Swedish Research Council, I have analyzed countries chose different strategies during the swine flu pandemic in 2009.
Another research track follows classic sociological themes such as how scientific "thought styles" as well as financial, professional and scientific interests affect the content and development of research. Among other things, I have written about how financial and scientific interests first coincided and then collided during the development of the pharmaceutical company Astra's antidepressant drug Zelmid. I have also described how the development of biopsychiatric theories since the 1960s was strongly depended on what psychiatric drugs have been available to investigate in experimental research.
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