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Blood SugarRacial Pharmacology and Food Justice in Black America$
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Anthony Ryan Hatch

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780816696178

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816696178.001.0001

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Killer Applications

Killer Applications

The Racial Pharmacology of Prescription Drugs

(p.77) Chapter Four Killer Applications
Blood Sugar

Anthony Ryan Hatch

University of Minnesota Press

The chapter investigates the use of race and metabolic syndrome in biomedical research on the use of statins and antipsychotics among African Americans and develop the metaphor of killer applications to examine how prescription drugs operate in the politics of metabolism. I argue that the search for killer applications, an industry term for superior market-dominant technologies, has transformed the ways that pharmaceutical corporations create and scientists study prescription drugs, metabolism, and race.

Keywords:   statins, anti-psychotic medication, African Americans, killer applications, phameceutical corporations, prescription drugs, biomedical research

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