Thursday, September 15, 2005

Selling Sickness: How the World’s Biggest Pharmaceutical Companies Are Turning Us All Into Patients

Just read this article: Adult use of ADHD medicines surges and had to of those, "My God, it's really time to do something about this nonsense" kind of laughs...

The article is essentially a page out of the new book "Selling Sickness: How the World’s Biggest Pharmaceutical Companies Are Turning Us All Into Patients." If you haven't read it, I HIGHLY recommend it...

From the front flap of the book:

"Thirty years ago, Henry Gadsen, the head of Merck, one of the world's largest drug companies, told Fortune magazine that he wanted Merck to be more like chewing gum maker Wrigley's. It had long been his dream, he said, to make drugs for healthy people--so that Merck could "sell to everyone."

Gadsen's dream now drives the marketing machinery of the most profitable industry on earth.

Using their dominating influence in the world of medical science, drug companies are systematically working to widen the very boundaries that define illness. Old conditions are expanded, new ones created, and the markets for medication grow ever larger. Mild problems are redefined as serious illness and common complaints are labeled as medical conditions requiring drug treatments. Runny noses are now allergic rhinitis, PMS has become a psychiatric disorder, and hyperactive children have ADD. When it comes to conditions like high cholesterol or low bone density, being "at risk" is sold as disease in its own right.

Selling Sickness reveals how widening the boundaries of illness and lowering the threshold for treatments is creating millions of new patients and billions in new profits, in turn threatening to bankrupt health-care systems all over the world. As morea nd more of ordinary life becomes medicalized, the industry moves ever closer to Gadsen's dream: "selling to everyone."

Definitely time for us all to WAKE UP!!!!

Here's another article on the subject of Selling Sickness to the Well that you might enjoy...


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