Marvin D Shepherd
In recent years Marvin Shepherd's research has focused on investigating the amount and type of prescription drug products being imported into the United States from Mexico by U.S. residents. These investigations examine how drugs are coming into the U.S.; the measurement of the economic and health impact of bringing drugs to the U.S. from Mexico; and determining the type and amount of products being brought across the border by U.S. residents. Shepherd also has been researching pharmaceutical marketing, including pharmaceutical pricing policies. These marketing studies have been on consumer advertisements, and pricing studies have examined the impact of rising drug product prices on the elderly (Medicare program), and strategies used by the pharmaceutical industry to raise drug product prices. Addtionally, Shepherd is attempting to measure the cost of Alzheimer's disease in a managed care health care organization, and he is investigating the economics of diabetes, including the cost-effectiveness of diabetic services and products.