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Alan Cassels is an author, drug policy researcher and Adjunct Professor in the School of Human and Social Development at the University of Victoria.

Since 1994 he has worked on a esearch and evaluation studies focusing on drug benefits policies and examining how clinical research and experience on drugs is communicated to policy-makers, prescribers and consumers. He has acted as a project manager, principal investigator and co-investigator on studies related to drug plan policies, the management of private drug benefits, seniors' attitudes towards drug coverage, and the media reporting of pharmaceuticals.

He is an expert advisor with Canada's Evidence Network, a reviewer and blogger for which evaluates medical news reporting, and is the senior vice president of research for, a company that teaches employees how to buy and use healthcare.

As the author of four books, including a best seller on the pharmaceutical industry, Alan Cassels has also carried his enthusiasm for his topic into print and radio journalism in many venues in the popular press.

Books and Book Chapters

Books by Alan Cassels:

  • The Cochrane Collaboration: Medicine's Best-Kept Secret (Agio Publishing House, 2015).
  • Seeking Sickness (Greystone Books, 2012).
  • The ABCs of Disease Mongering: An epidemic in 26 letters (Emdash Publishing, 2007).
  • Selling Sickness (Greystone Books, 2005). Co-authored with Australian journalist Ray Moynihan.

Alan Cassels contributed to these books:

  • Excessive Medical Spending (Academic Press, 2009) — chapters were contributed by Alan Cassels.
  • Nutrition and Genomics (CRC Press, 2007) — a chapter was contributed by Alan Cassels.

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Updated: January 28, 2017

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