April 16, 2014

How Pharma Markets Sickness to Justify their Medicine “Cures”

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Do You Have Back Pain? Hot Flashes? Big Pharma Hopes So!

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Recently some of the nation’s top researchers, clinicians and scientists convened in Washington D.C. for the first annual Selling Sickness conference–examining how Pharma “sells” diseases to move the medications intended to treat them.

Examples of Pharma’s disease-mongering business model abound, especially since direct-to-consumer advertising began in the late 1990′s. Depression, bipolar disorder, seasonal allergies, insomnia and gastro reflux disease (GERD) are just some of the “diseases” that tripled and quadrupled in the population thanks to TV advertising, sometimes accompanied by self-administered “quizzes.” Even more lucrative have been childhood and adult ADHD, assorted behavioral, mood and “spectrum” disorders, excessive sleepiness and “wakefulness” disorders and of course restless legs syndrome. Ka-ching.

Proof of Pharma’s disease-selling model is as close as investment reports which unabashedly gush about growing “markets” for fibromyalgia or depression. And 2013 reveals that a “market” for ankylosing spondylitis is unfolding now that Abbott has dedicated an entire company to sell its extreme drug Humira.

Do you have back pain? Are you dismissing it as resulting from “lifting too much” at the gym or “bad posture” ask Abbott radio ads. You might have ankylosing spondylitis. Instead of spending five dollars a month on aspirin or acetaminophen, you could be spending $20,000 a year on Humira and exposing yourself to tuberculosis (TB) and serious viruses, fungi, or bacterial infection!

Why would people voluntarily take a drug that “may increase the chance of getting lymphoma, including a rare kind, or other cancers… hepatitis B infection in carriers of the virus, allergic reactions, nervous system problems, blood problems, heart failure, certain immune reactions including a lupus-like syndrome, liver problems, and new or worsening psoriasis”?  Side effects that are worse than the conditions being treated?  (“Some people have died from these infections,” says the label) Because advertising works!

Read the Full Article Here: http://www.alternet.org/speakeasy/martharosenberg/do-you-have-back-pain-hot-flashes-big-pharma-hopes-so?page=entire

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