Men have a set of health issues that are in many ways unique to themselves, and this affects their relationship with the pharmaceutical industry and their consumption patterns of drugs. Historically, most medical research has been conducted by men, and due to the influence of gender inequality that has pervaded society for much of human history, the research has tended to assume that drugs only need to be designed for use by men. In other words, if a drug proved to be safe and effective when used by men, then it was usually assumed to also be safe and effective for use in women, in children, and by the elderly. This can and does have negative effects on the treatment outcomes of members of these ...

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