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Pharmageddon: America’s bitter pill (w/ Video)

Tuesday, December 27, 2011



The United States has a passion for pills, being the world's biggest users of psychotropic drugs, consuming 60 per cent of them. And pharmaceutical firms are keen to keep cashing in on the multibillion-dollar market, even if it costs people's health.

America is regarded as a country with a prodigious appetite for consumption. Today, a widespread fondness for pharmaceuticals has turned the US into a nation of pill-poppers.

With over $14 billion in annual sales, antipsychotics remain the top-selling therapeutic class of prescription drugs in the US..... MORE

SourceRT.com

URL: http://rt.com/news/us-prescription-drugs-abuse-715/

1 comment

Jesusa Bernardo said...

ito ang mukha ng sagad na kapitalismo, ng kalbong agila, na ayaw tingnan ng mga zzzzombie sa tabi.tabi riyan. profit as all good, hell with consumers' health. duh.

"“One of the things that drives Big Pharma is to find a diagnosis that is very vague, so that everybody can fall into that,” she told RT. “Everybody is sad sometimes. There are good reasons. The point is to market pharmaceuticals. And the advertising strategy is to have vague diagnosis and then find wiggle room so that they apply to everyone.”

"The US is the only Western country that allows direct-to-consumer advertising of prescription drugs. For example, an ad for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder warns that untreated patients will likely end up divorced. Another commercial promises to make you happier, but side-effects may include dry mouth, insomnia, sexual dysfunction, diarrhea, nausea and sleepiness.”"

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