Selling Marked Up Drugs with Made Up Patients-- Part Two
No wonder the Council pushes Mental Illness Awareness Week, Suicide Prevention and the lucrative idea that addiction is "a treatable chronic medical condition, similar to diabetes or heart disease," in its National Council magazine. Ka-ching.
Finally, there is the three-year-old American Professional Society of ADHD and Related Disorders (APSARD), the first international organization based in the U.S. to focus exclusively on ADHD. "APSARD will offer a range of services including a comprehensive website, an annual scientific meeting, a quarterly peer-reviewed journal, and the development of guidelines that address diagnosis, assessment and treatment of ADHD across the lifespan," promises its first press release without mentioning that Eli Lilly will fund its newsletters* and 2010 conference. Oops.
In addition to Pharma, psychiatrists are also raking in money from expensive drugs that adults and children may not even need. A psychiatrist working eight hours a day doing talk therapy "earns approximately $940 a day, $4,700 a week and $225,000 per year," notes an article called, "The Industrialized, New-Deal Age of Psychiatry," by psychiatrist Ronald Ricker. That is "chump change" compared with 15-minute, once-a-month med checks that net from $85 to $100 dollars, says Ricker. By seeing 38 to 42 patients each day at $100 a visit plus extra fees averaging $30 per appointment, a psychiatrist can make "roughly $104,000 a month, and $1,248,000 per year," he computes. The pill bonanza is abetted by the phony disease and patient groups Pharma funds. END
Evelyn Pringle is an investigative journalist and a pharmaceutical researcher.
Martha Rosenberg is an investigative health reporter and the author of Born With a Junk Food Deficiency: How Flaks, Quacks and Hacks Pimp The Public Health (Prometheus Books).