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

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D&M Publishers Incorporated, 2005 - BUSINESS & ECONOMICS - 272 pages
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In this hard-hitting indictment of the pharmaceutical industry,Ray MoynihanandAllan Casselsshow how drug companies are systematically using their dominating influence in the world of medical science, drug companies are working to widen the very boundaries that define illness. Mild problems are redefined as serious illness, and common complaints are labeled as medical conditions requiring drug treatments. Runny noses are now allergic rhinitis, PMS has become a psychiatric disorder, and hyperactive children have ADD.

Selling Sicknessreveals how expanding the boundaries of illness and lowering the threshold for treatments is creating millions of new patients and billions in new profits, in turn threatening to bankrupt national healthcare systems all over the world. This Canadian edition includes an introduction placing the issue in a Canadian context and describing why Canadians should be concerned about the problem.

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Review: Selling Sickness: How the World's Biggest Pharmaceutical Companies are Turning Us All into Patients

User Review  - Katie Reece - Goodreads

Just read this damn book! Especially if you are in the medical field or take prescription medications and according to the book that is everyone. The first paragraph sets the tone of the entire book and it starts a critical thinking fire to the medical industry. Read full review

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User Review  - Kathleen McRae - Goodreads

The title of the book rather gives the contents away. There is much to relate to while reading this as it is now patently true that many drugs are marketed to a healthy population. The side effects of ... Read full review

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About the author (2005)

Ray Moynihanhas been covering the business of health care for more than a decade with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the Australian Financial Review, and the British Medical Journal. He is an award-winning journalist and the author of three previous books, includingSelling Sickness, which has been translated into a dozen languages.

Alan Casselsis a drug policy researcher at the University of Victoria, in British Columbia. He has produced several full-length feature documentaries for CBC Ideas, including “Manufacturing Patients,” which deals with the subject of selling sickness.

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