Racial Prescriptions: Pharmaceuticals, Difference, and the Politics of Life (2014)

Racial Prescriptions: Pharmaceuticals, Difference, and the Politics of Life

Jonathan X. Inda

Racial Prescriptions explores the politics of dealing with health inequities through targeting pharmaceuticals at specific racial groups based on the idea that they are genetically different. Drawing on the introduction of BiDil to treat heart failure among African Americans, this book contends that while racialized pharmaceuticals are ostensibly about fostering life, they also raise thorny questions concerning the biologization of race, the reproduction of inequality, and the economic exploitation of the racial body.

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