Although this book was written in 2005, the trends described are still the same. As I re-read it, I was amazed at how little had changed, and how many people are still believing what the pharmaceutical industry tells them. The book devotes a chapter to each of following areas that Big Pharma focuses on: high cholesterol, depression, menopause, ADD, high blood pressure, premenstrual dysphoric disorder, social anxiety disorder, osteoporosis, irritable bowel syndrome, and female sexual dysfunction. It’s not a long book – a mere 200 pages – but it will open your eyes to the deception that is constantly being pushed on us as Americans.
The marketing strategies of the world’s biggest drug companies now aggressively target the healthy and the well. The ups and downs of daily life have become mental disorders, common complaints are transformed into frightening conditions, and more and more ordinary people are turned into patients. With promotional campaigns that exploit our deepest fears of death, decay, and disease, the $500 billion pharmaceutical industry is literally changing what it means to be human. Rightly rewarded for saving life and reducing suffering, the global drug giants are no longer content selling medicines only to the ill. Because as Wall Street knows, there’s a lot of money to be made telling healthy people they’re sick.