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

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Greystone Books, 2008 - Business & Economics - 272 pages
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In this hard-hitting indictment of the pharmaceutical industry, Ray Moynihan and Allan Cassels show 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 Sickness reveals 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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With less than 5 percent of the world's population, the US comprises almost 50% of the global prescription drug market, and a whopping 80% of the global market of prescription stimulants like Ritalin ... Read full review

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This is an eye-opening book about how medical testing and drug companies are conspiring to make every person a patient, even though the actual benefit to the individual may be low, and the side ... Read full review

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About the author (2008)

Ray Moynihan has 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, including Selling Sickness, which has been translated into a dozen languages.

Alan Cassels is 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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