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How Big Pharma got Americans hooked on anti-psychotic drugs.

James Ridgeway 12th July 2011  Find Full Article Here:-

Has America become a nation of psychotics? You would certainly think so, based on the explosion in the use of antipsychotic medications. In 2008, with over $14 billion in sales, antipsychotics became the single top-selling therapeutic class of prescription drugs in the United States, surpassing drugs used to treat high cholesterol and acid reflux.

Once upon a time, antipsychotics were reserved for a relatively small number of patients with hard-core psychiatric diagnoses – primarily schizophrenia and bipolar disorder – to treat such symptoms as delusions, hallucinations, or formal thought disorder. Today, it seems, everyone is taking antipsychotics. Parents are told that their unruly kids are in fact bipolar, and in need of anti-psychotics, while old people with dementia are dosed, in large numbers, with drugs once reserved largely for schizophrenics. Americans with symptoms ranging from chronic depression to anxiety to insomnia are now being prescribed anti-psychotics at rates that seem to indicate a national mass psychosis.

It is anything but a coincidence that the explosion in antipsychotic use coincides with the pharmaceutical industry’s development of a new class of medications known as “atypical antipsychotics.” Beginning with Zyprexa, Risperdal, and Seroquel in the 1990s, followed by Abilify in the early 2000s, these drugs were touted as being more effective than older antipsychotics like Haldol and Thorazine. More importantly, they lacked the most noxious side effects of the older drugs – in particular, the tremors and other motor control problems.

The atypical anti-psychotics were the bright new stars in the pharmaceutical industry’s roster of psychotropic drugs – costly, patented medications that made people feel and behave better without any shaking or drooling. Sales grew steadily, until by 2009 Seroquel and Abilify numbered fifth and sixth in annual drug sales, and prescriptions written for the top three atypical antipsychotics totaled more than 20 million.  Suddenly, antipsychotics weren’t just for psychotics any more.

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  1. Lorazepam
    August 31, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    The Big Pharma Drug Cartels don’t give a rip about helping to ease the suffering of humanity.

    The Big Pharma Drug Cartels bottom line, is MAKING MONEY and LOTS OF IT.

    I hear that they now own more presidents and lawmakers in D.C. than Big OIL.

    The H1N1 Vaccine that the white house was pushing sometime back had Mercury in it, and Mercury is deadly if consumed by human beings.

    I do Not trust the Big Pharma Drug Cartels or their drugs. I am sure there are many bad ingredients in them that they continue to push on the American people.

    Some pills they tried to force on me had side effects like, Heart Attacks, Strokes, and Diabetes.And they think I should go along with them with side effects like that?

    My friend had a cold and she went to the doctor and he tried to get her to start taking Zoloft or Prozac for her cold.

    The Big Pharma Drug Cartels and the U.S. government is just the flip side of the same coin where you find the Mexican Drug Cartels and the Mexican government on the other side of that same coin.

    – Lorazepam

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