How Drug Companies Sell Treatments By Inventing Diseases

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From Yahoo! News: “There’s a substantial body of medical literature dating back to the early ’90s about the practice known as ‘disease mongering.’ Pharmaceutical companies regularly pathologize everyday experiences, convince doctors that they are serious problems, tell a hypochondriacal public it needs help and offers the cure: a new drug. Against the onslaught of billions of dollars in marketing campaigns each year, however, researchers’ warnings about these tactics have gone largely unheeded.

To be clear: Pharmacology has helped countless people recover from illness or lead more productive lives. But the number of patients receiving any given drug is often greater than those who would benefit from it, and often includes people it could harm.”

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2 COMMENTS

  1. There’s no doubt that drug companies do try to invent psychiatric diseases, I think the most insidious is the “treatment resistant” modifier which allows your drug to have zero efficacy in the basic condition and unlimited side effect damage.

    But I think they are aided and abetted by doctors who try and invent more patients with more serious “illnesses” to keep themselves busy and justify their existence – I don’t think it’s just about money. One of the consequences of Psychiatry being found out is that its practitioners seek ever more desperate and bizarre ways to shore up its position, even beyond the DSM.

    But we all have this dangerous habit of sticking labels on patterns of behaviour that become targets for the snake oil guys, so much stuff that gets the shrinks alarmed is just temporary variation, perhaps severe, but within ‘normal’.

    • Yeah, I love that – your approach failed completely, but instead of saying, “I don’t know how to help this person” or “my method was totally ineffective,” you get to blame the client, or actually, the client’s CONDITION for “resisting” your approach. “It would have worked, except that bastard Depression didn’t want to cooperate!” Idiocy, and yet they continue to get away with it.