The Surprising Truth About How Psych Drugs Come to Market

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Today’s guest is Dr. David Healy, who is a Professor of Psychiatry at Bangor University in North Wales. Dr. Healy is a psychiatrist, psychopharmacologist, scientist and author. He studied medicine at University College Dublin, Ireland, and at Cambridge University. A former Secretary of the British Association for Psychopharmacology, he’s the author of over 200 peer-reviewed articles and 24 books, including The Antidepressant Era, The Creation of Psychopharmacology, Let Them Eat Prozac and Pharmageddon.

His research interests include the structure of clinical trials, treatment-related adverse events, the exploration of individual experience, the history of psychopharmacology, and the impact of both clinical trials and medication on our culture. He has been an expert witness in homicide and suicide trials involving psychotropic drugs, and in bringing problems with these drugs to the attention of regulators. Dr. Healy holds that pharmaceutical companies sell drugs in part by marketing diseases and ghost-writing articles that appear in the medical journals. In 2012, along with colleagues, he was a founder of, an adverse event reporting website that aims to support the growth of Relationship-Based Medicine. You can visit him and see some of his writings on his blog,

Links of Interest

David’s website for medication safety (RxIsk)

David’s blog

David’s articles at Mad In America

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