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Inventing Diseases

4 years 2 weeks ago #68 by The Fast Doctor
The Fast Doctor created the topic: Inventing Diseases
Selling Sickness

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refers inter alia to a book

Moynihan R, Cassels A (2005) Selling sickness. New York: Nation Books. 254 p.

explaining how the pharmaceutical industry is “inventing diseases” in order to sell more of their products. In this specific case, they attempt to get more people to self-diagnose bipolar (previously called manic-depressive) disorder. The drug they “pushed” this way is called Olanzapine, also called a “mood stabilizer”.

However, scientific studies such as

Ghaemi NS (2005) Uses and abuses of evidence based medicine in psychiatry.American Psychiatric Association meeting; Atlanta Symposium 37AMay 2005Atlanta, Georgie, United States. Evidence based psychiatry. What it is and what it is not. Available:

www.mobiltape.com and www.psych.org/edu/other_res/lib_a​rchive...eetings/2005saps.cfm .

was summarized scientifically as follows:

With the possible exception of lithium for bipolar I disorder, there are no randomized controlled trials to show that patients with bipolar disorders in general who receive psychotropic drugs are better in the long term than those who receive no medicine

Not that marketing needs to be inhibited by boring things like facts. Instead, it continues unabated in spite of rather disturbing findings:

(1) a consistent body of evidence indicates that regular treatment with antipsychotics in the longer run increases mortality [22–26]; and (2) there is evidence that in placebo-controlled trials of antipsychotics submitted in application for schizophrenia licenses there is a statistically significant excess of completed suicides on active treatment [27].

Thus one can ask almost like Shakespeare: “To treat or not to treat, that is the question”. But one need not ask where most money and most marketing is going to... Makes you wonder how many other diseases are “invented” and “marketed” in the 21st century.


Please note that all my posts are "generic", often theoretically speculating about the topic. It should NOT be considered individual medical advice, which remains the prerogative of your own registered medical practitioner after proper consultation, examination and investigations as necessary....

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