Pharmageddon by David Healy

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Healy’s call to regulators to return the system to its original purpose – the benefit and protection of the public – seems hollow.
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This searing indictment, David Healy’s most comprehensive and forceful argument against the pharmaceuticalization of medicine, tackles problems in health care that are leading to a growing number of deaths and disabilities. Healy, who was the first to draw attention to the now well-publicized suicide-inducing side effects of many anti-depressants, attributes our current state of affairs to three key factors: product rather than process patents on drugs, the classification of certain drugs as prescription-only, and industry-controlled drug trials. These developments have tied the survival of pharmaceutical companies to the development of blockbuster drugs, so that they must overhype benefits and deny real hazards. Healy further explains why these trends have basically ended the possibility of universal health care in the United States and elsewhere around the world. He concludes with suggestions for reform of our currently corrupted evidence-based medical system.
 

About David Healy

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David Healy is Professor of Psychiatry at Cardiff University in Britain and a former Secretary of the British Association for Psychopharmacology. He is the author of books including Let Them Eat Prozac: The Unhealthy Relationship Between the Pharmaceutical Industry and Depression, The Antidepressant Era, and Mania: A Short History of Bipolar Disorder.
 
Published March 12, 2012 by University of California Press. 315 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, Professional & Technical, History. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Brian Goldman on Apr 13 2012

Healy’s call to regulators to return the system to its original purpose – the benefit and protection of the public – seems hollow.

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