Share The Wealth by Chris Gupta
October 17, 2005

How Disease-Mongering Works

..."you only have to read a list of unpleasant symptoms to begin to suffer from them. It's the reverse placebo effect. Once a big drug company has wheedled a disease into the papers, they've as good as sold the cure."...

Here is just one more tactic - first create a disease, then market a cure.... in addition to the following, by no means a comprehensive list, see:

Big Pharma Tactics on Electro Med etc.

Canada's Public Health Agency: Bound and gagged

Drug Companies Have A "Parasitic" Relationship With Journals

Use (Abuse) of Regulations to Protect Pharma Monopoly

Drano' for arteries works in 6 weeks

The Medical Mafia rules:

The truth about medical journals, and how drug companies exert heavy influence over published scientific articles

Beware! Animal Drug Testing Often Unsafe For Humans

Chris Gupta

"Here's a textbook example of how the disease-mongering works, courtesy of GlaxoSmith Kline. A few years ago, GSK needed to find a new application for one of its anti-depressants, Paxil, in order to extend the patent. What to do? Easy - invent an ailment for it to cure.

They found a brief mention of a little-known nervous condition - Social Anxiety Disorder - in a psychiatric journal somewhere, and hired a PR firm to turn it into a star. The symptoms of SAD - feeling nervous, sweaty, shy at parties - don't amount to much more than the symptoms of being alive, but it was marketed with a serious ad campaign and a catch-phrase: "Imagine being allergic to people."

The PR company rounded up patients, experts, a celebrity sufferer and then presented the SAD story to the press. A new disease? With a famous name? How could an editor could turn it down. The New York Times ran a long, serious feature and American Vogue followed suit.

Instantly, of course, thousands of people decided that they suffered from SAD. Doctors prescribed Paxil, GSK thrived and the PR company won an award for "Best PR Programme of the year".

All week I've been rootling around on the internet, finding out about disease-mongering, and from what I can gather it's a growing, multi-billion-dollar business across America and Europe. Drug companies invent and publicise new "lifestyle disorders" every day, and the public obligingly develop the symptoms and pop the pills.

As all hypochondriacs and pharmaceutical companies know, you only have to read a list of unpleasant symptoms to begin to suffer from them. It's the reverse placebo effect. Once a big drug company has wheedled a disease into the papers, they've as good as sold the cure."....

Extracted from: For every pill, they invent another ill


posted by Chris Gupta on Monday October 17 2005
updated on Friday November 18 2005

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