Selling Sickness

Selling Sickness

How the World's Biggest Pharmaceutical Companies Are Turning Us All Into Patients

Book - 2005
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Thirty years ago, the head of the drug company Merck made some remarkably candid comments about his distress that his company's market was limited to sick people. Suggesting he would like Merck to be more like the maker of Wrigley's chewing gum, the CEO said it had long been his dream to make drugs for healthy people, to "sell to everyone." That dream now drives the marketing machinery of the most profitable industry on earth. From award-winning Ray Moynihan,--one of the world's top medical journalists--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. This in turn is driving up personal drug bills and threatening to bankrupt national health systems all over the world. As more and more ordinary life is "medicalized," the industry moves ever closer to being able to "sell to everyone."
Publisher: New York, NY : Nation Books, 2005.
Edition: First Nations Books edition
ISBN: 9781560256977
Branch Call Number: 381.4561 MOYNIHAN
Characteristics: xviii, 254 pages ; 22 cm.
Additional Contributors: Cassels, Alan 1963-


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soblessed59 Sep 25, 2012

Perfectly Illustrates How The 'Health Care' Industry Is Nothing More Than Legalized Drug Pushing! This book is an infuriating but not too surprising read. Every one of us has come to suspect we are getting smoke blown at us,when supposedly[according to the lying experts and the doctors, media and so-called watchdogs/FDA/AMA are all prostitutes/pimps for the pharmeceutical companies,bought and paid for by them] almost every person alive,has high blood pressure,high cholesterol,PMS,Osteoporosis,ADHD,is Bi-Polar,Autistic or in need of drugging for some other reason! Read how the 'pimps' for the drug companies skew the numbers to convince us that our blood pressure or cholesterol is too high,and how those numbers regulary change/drop lower and lower over the years. We also know that our lousy,over-refined, over processed food,lack of fiber,fresh fruits/vegetables,and especially exercise..... is the main cause of the majority of true health problems,and why there is satellite/cable TV with so many channels and citizens are being 'forced' into owning computers,so that they will exercise even less! If we all ate healthier,worked and exercised harder, we could tell our sold-out doctors to stick their meds where the sun don't shine.... and use our money saved for travelling or other more pleasureable things than giving it to the drug pushers. Highly, highly recommend every person read this and possibly also-Overdosed America: The Broken Promise of American Medicine" by John Abramson,Anatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs, and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America by Robert Whitaker, and "The Truth About the Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us and What to Do About It" by Marcia Angell. Just please,please,inform yourself.

May 18, 2012

An interesting read and goes into fantastic detail about the problems with drug advertizing. It's a very important issue - and the sections which detail how the companies arrive at the math are mind blowing. Lots of head games are being played and we're the strings dancing to the whim of the master.


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