Big Pharmaceutical companies are, like most businesses, constantly on the lookout for new opportunities in order to increase sales and, hence, profits.
Some might argue that the pharma companies pursue the populace with a desire to make them into lifelong customers, regardless of the ethics of such a course of action.
One of my previous posts, ‘The Devil’s Guide To Modern Medicine‘, questioned whether medicine was always the best cure.
Pharma companies would surely have you believe so.
Assuming that anti-depressants work, then their target market should only be depressed adults shouldn’t it?
Why then, when that market became saturated, did drug companies then begin selling the notion that antidepressants were ‘happy pills’, suitable for both serious depression states, but also as a prevention for depression?
Was this a clever marketing ploy, designed to enable pharma companies to promote their drugs not only to those who are ill, but also to those who don’t actually need them?
Why, also, did pharmaceutical operations begin targeting children?
Was it because they saw both the ill, and not ill, adult markets becoming saturated with their products?
Children are increasingly being diagnosed with various forms of depression, or merely sadness, all of which require drugs to manage their effects.
Have you noticed how, in the last decade or so, that the number of children diagnosed with bipolar disorder has skyrocketed?
Is this because there is a better understanding of the condition, or better doctors, or is it because pharmaceutical companies have some vested interest and ‘persuade’ doctors to draw such conclusions?
IS YOUR DOG DEPRESSED?
What does the pharmaceutical industry do when they have saturated the market in terms of both adults and children?
Perhaps they target another segment of society?
If every possible person in a house is taking medication then who is left?
Yep…you guessed it… the dog!
In February 2007, after extensive lobbying from the drug companies, the FDA approved Prozac for dogs.
Well, apparently, dogs can also suffer from the same causes of depression as humans do, such as having ‘chemical imbalances in their brains’, which obviously require treatment via expensive chemical solutions.
DOGTORING THE TRUTH
Personally, I find it rather curious that conditions such as depression and attention deficit disorder suddenly seemed to become extremely common, almost as if overnight.
Has anyone examined these conditions in detail or are we just supposed to accept that expensive pharmaceuticals are the only solution?
What about the causes?
Do a large number of children now suffer from ADHD because they are born with chemical imbalances in their brains, or is their some facet of their lives contributing to their condition?
Perhaps it is due to the fact that the world is constantly changing, at an ever increasing rate, and children are responding in their own natural way?
Just drug them right?
That way they’ll become dependent upon legalised drugs and the companies that manufacture them can make a lifetime of profits from them.
JUDGE OF REALITY
I think it is a sad world that we live in when I see boisterous, active and excitable children labelled as somehow being abnormal.
Worse, they then get labelled as suffering from ADHD, as is the case with one of my nephews.
Do you know what one of the treatments for ADHD is?
It’s an amphetamine, known to have mind-altering properties.
That scares me – why does he need his mind altering?
Who defines what his mind should be like?
Who has the right to determine how he perceives reality?
And why the hell is his doctor giving him something that was previously illegal to possess in this country because of the dangers it posed – the amphetamine he has been prescribed is very closely related to the drug known as ‘speed‘!
ARE WE ALL DESTINED TO BE TURNED INTO DRUG ADDICTS?
Now that taking drugs, legal or otherwise, has become such an accepted way of life for many, from the adult to the child, and even to the family pet, can we conclude that the pharma companies have saturated their markets again?
If so, what next?
Perhaps there will be new drugs released, to cure new ills, or simply to make us feel happy or euphoric?
What’s that I hear you say?
Oh… yes… we have those types of drug already don’t we!