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Selling Sickness: How the World's Biggest Pharmaceutical Companies Are…

af Ray Moynihan, Alan Cassels

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Thirty years ago, Henry Gadsden, 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 to make drugs for healthy people so that Merck could "sell to everyone." Gadsden's dream now drives the marketing machinery of the most profitable industry on earth. Drug companies are systematically working to widen the very boundaries that define illness, 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 a disease. 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 more and more of ordinary life becomes medicalized, the industry moves ever closer to Gadsden's dream: "selling to everyone."… (mere)
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There a number of good books on 'Big Pharma' and the medical profession; search on 'drugs' in the bookshop to find them. This deals with the growing relationship between the pharmaceutical industry and the public
  mdstarr | Sep 11, 2011 |
With less than 5 percent of the world's population, the US comprises almost 50% of the global prescription drug market, and a whopping 80% of the global market of prescription stimulants like Ritalin. These are alarming figures. Are Americans truly more ill than the rest of the world, or are they simply more easily influenced by the marketing machine?

Before reading this book, I already knew that drug companies had an unhealthy influence on prescription practices. After all, many medical centre's are owned by drug companies. However, I had no idea of the true extent of the problem. It seems as though just about everyone has their fingers in this very big pie. Drug company money supports nearly everyone in the world of medicine, from doctors and interns, to thought-leaders, decision makers, medical journals (who rely on their advertising revenue) and government watchdogs. Even patient advocacy groups,who are supposed to be looking after our interests, are largely funded by drug company 'largesse'.

Fortunately, there are still some people, including doctors, med students and scientists who are willing to stand up for what they feel is right. These people want to move away from the 'ill for every pill' culture the drug companies are aiming for, back to a healthier, more holistic medical approach. Selling Sickness is an informative and frightening glimpse of the insidious methods used by drug companies to make us all believe we need their products. It is compulsory reading for every discerning adult. ( )
  seldombites | Aug 4, 2009 |
This is an eye-opening book about how medical testing and drug companies are conspiring to make every person a patient, even though the actual benefit to the individual may be low, and the side effects of drugs used to treat the "condition" may have very serious side effects. The book includes chapters on high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and osteoporosis, among others. I urge everyone who is getting older to read this book so they can make an informed decision about whether to be tested for these conditions and consent to taking expensive drugs of doubtful benefit for the rest of their lives. ( )
1 stem Scrabblenut | Jul 21, 2008 |
There a number of good books on 'Big Pharma' and the medical profession; search on 'drugs' in the bookshop to find them. This deals with the growing relationship between the pharmaceutical industry and the public
  muir | Nov 5, 2007 |
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Thirty years ago, Henry Gadsden, 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 to make drugs for healthy people so that Merck could "sell to everyone." Gadsden's dream now drives the marketing machinery of the most profitable industry on earth. Drug companies are systematically working to widen the very boundaries that define illness, 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 a disease. 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 more and more of ordinary life becomes medicalized, the industry moves ever closer to Gadsden's dream: "selling to everyone."

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