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    Default Malady mongers: How drug companies sell treatments by inventing diseases

    Michael Walsh
    June 8, 2018

    The pharmaceutical industry’s image has been significantly damaged in recent years as the public discovered the role its aggressive marketing played in fueling the opioid epidemic. But the American people are still largely in the dark about what may be pharma’s most effective tactic for pushing drugs — marketing diseases.
    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.

    Keep reading: https://www.yahoo.com/news/malady-mo...100040360.html



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    Default Re: Malady mongers: How drug companies sell treatments by inventing diseases

    I think that many of us always have suspected this.

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    Default Re: Malady mongers: How drug companies sell treatments by inventing diseases

    "Restless Legs Syndrome," and "Dry Eyes Disease" are the two BigPharma inventions that blow my mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Wizard View Post
    "Restless Legs Syndrome," and "Dry Eyes Disease" are the two BigPharma inventions that blow my mind.
    ADD/ADHD is another one that took normal childhood energy levels and the acting on them and made it a disease. Pretty much a textbook case, including the 'concerned groups' to push both the disease and the drug.

    Look what happened when a Texas school gave little kids more recess time! https://www.hawkeshealth.net/communi...ad.php?t=18559 That's wise and courageous of them when some schools are doing the opposite--decreasing recess time in order to have more time to 'teach to the test'.
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    For sure, Maurya. One of the books mentioned in the article was from way back in the early 1990's. But it's good to see an article like this is such a thoroughly mainstream outlet as Yahoo news! Very surprising, actually.

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