Pharma’s Market

October 23, 2008

in Health,Mental Illness

Definitely LostDrug companies claim they test their products. Sometimes that may be true. For psychopharmaceuticals it is a baldfaced lie.

You want to paint your living room. You can’t decide between beige and blue. One way to make up your mind would be to apply a few strokes of beige on one wall and a few strokes of blue on one of the other walls.

Just stand back and look at the beige. Try to imagine how the room would look. Then do the same for the blue. You now have tested both colors.

But, suppose that, for some unfathomable reason, you mix the two colors together instead and then you paint a few strokes of the concoction on one of the walls. You have not tested either beige or blue.

Eli Lilly apparently had a good premonition of what some of the side effects they could expect might be when they tested Prozac. They found a way to minimize those side effects. Old Eli required that everyone taking Prozac also take a second little pill: benzodiazepine. You might know it better by another name: Valium.

By mixing the two, as with mixing beige and blue, neither the Prozac nor the Valium was really tested. This, however, failed to deter Mr. Lilly. His public relations minions touted Prozac as the most tested drug in history.

Prozac was never tested. Eli Lilly says Prozac is the most tested drug. Black is white, up is down and the drug companies care about you.

In actual fact, Eli Lilly never tested Prozac itself. A double-blind study is required when comparing a drug against a placebo. That’s the scientific way.

But, the drug companies allow those conducting the study to break the blind if a patient is having a bad reaction and they suspect that the reaction is caused by the drug.

If the patient is on the drug, he is switched to the placebo pool. This removes those bad reactions from the group taking the drug and adds them to the group taking the placebo, making the former look better and the latter look worse. Good public relations but not good science. Good for Eli Lilly but not for us.

Have you been tested for that famous chemical imbalance? I certainly hope not. The only tests they have for serotonin levels and that of the other monoamines are only done postmortem. Those studies prove that there is no relationship between the levels of those chemicals and any mental illness. If someone tells you that you have a chemical imbalance, he is simply ignorant of the facts and repeating the marketing mantra of those who want you to purchase their chemicals.

Because science did not know the cause of mental illness, more prescriptions are written for antidepressants than any other class of drugs. Well, it’s time for a plug for my book, Why Are You Mad?

While Eli Lilly and the other manufacturers never scientifically tested Prozac and its siblings, others did. Compiling the results of studies from governments and universities around the world, what do we find? We find that every psychopharmaceutical damages the brain. We also find that no drug in these categories work as well as a placebo.

Science or marketing; that your pick.

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