Fact and Fiction – Big Pharma busted again as new novel highlights the tragedy of prescription drugs


Just weeks away from the launch of Pamela Glasner’s novel “Finding Emmaus” and one of the book’s underlying themes is being echoed in reality.

The historic fantasy is also a meticulously researched commentary on the “treatment” of people deemed to be mentally ill, especially the effect on real people of efforts by Big Pharma to sell more drugs.

Enjoy this short video on “Finding Emmaus” and read below how in REALITY, Big Pharma gets busted for using Ghost writers to lobby lawmakers considering crucial health reforms in the US.

From the nytimes.com By NATASHA SINGER

Published: August 4, 2009

Newly unveiled court documents show that ghostwriters paid by a pharmaceutical company played a major role in producing 26 scientific papers backing the use of hormone replacement therapy in women, suggesting that the level of hidden industry influence on medical literature is broader than previously known.

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/05/health/research/05ghost.html?_r=1

Meanwhile, the use of anti-depressants has doubled in a decade in the USA, while the number of people seeking psychiatric treatment is falling.

A study quoted in the USA Today article below suggests that doctors with little or no up to date specialist knowledge are increasingly writing scripts for SSRI and other heavily promoted drugs.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/2009-08-03-antidepressants_N.htm?csp=34

Any specialist will tell you that even at their best the SSRI and other medications are at best only a bandaid, and far too often lead to suicidal ideation, especially in the first two weeks of use.

Many advocacy groups are now being heard in their pleas for balanced, consumer informed resources to be made available at all doctors rooms, everywhere.

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One thought on “Fact and Fiction – Big Pharma busted again as new novel highlights the tragedy of prescription drugs”

  1. Tony,
    An amazing and intriguing book that I can’t wait to read! The irony is uncanny and I’m startled and a bit fearful of what is to come … as you know well that I feel I am a victim of Big Pharma’s devices myself. My hat’s off to Pamela Glasner for the ability to weave such an intricate tale and the video you have created is fabulous!
    I’ll be tweeting about the video, this post as well as the book. Hope you will consider a guest blog for me at Una Vita Bella on the topic when time permits.
    With great respect,
    Amy Kiel

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