Why Fridays May Be Dangerous for Your Health (Freakonomics, M.D. Ep. 9)
When researchers analyzed which day of the week most drug-safety alerts are released — and what it means for public health — they were stunned. So was Bapu Jena. He talks with them and a physician this week about the “Friday Effect,” a common problem with big repercussions for the safety of the medications.
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Relevant Research & References
Here’s where you can learn more about the people and ideas in this episode:
- Benjamin Barber, professor and researcher at IE Business School.
- Luis Diesrte, professor and researcher at IE Business School.
- Joseph Ross, professor of medicine and public health at Yale University.
- “The Friday Effect: Firm Lobbying, the Timing of Drug Safety Alerts, and Drug Side Effects,” by Luis Diestre, Benjamin Barber IV, and Juan Santaló (Management Science, 2019).