View Full Version : Pharmas target Adult ADHD


MX2012
10-01-12, 06:49 PM
Seems like old news:

http://www.alternet.org/personal-health/big-pharmas-newest-money-making-scheme-adult-adhd

Who doesn't have six of those characterizations? And who doesn't have a neighbor or an in-law who has all of them?

Although some people who are sufferers claim great improvements with ADHD drugs, the broad criteria and aggressive marketing from drug companies leave open the possibility that many more people will become medicated who really donít need to.

Big Pharma is cashing in no doubt, but at what cost?

ana futura
10-01-12, 06:59 PM
Ugh, that's the worst inflammatory ADHD article I've seen in a while. It's on salon as well. Why can't these idiots learn to critique big pharma without claiming ADHD (or x psychiatric disorder) doesn't exist?

namazu
10-01-12, 07:04 PM
I get so frustrated by people who insinuate that ADHD (broadly writ) is fake just because drug companies are aggressive about marketing their products.

(And I get so frustrated by the drug companies aggressively marketing their products, which leads people to insinuate that ADHD is fake and sometimes leads doctors to prescribe more expensive drugs than needed.)

Also not a fan of the "back in my day, boys were boys and a good whoopin' taught us manners!" line of argument.

And yet people seem to suck this stuff right up.

Amtram
10-01-12, 09:08 PM
I got plenty of "whuppin'" and it didn't change a thing.

Bethylphenidate
10-01-12, 09:28 PM
Why don't people extend that same skepticism to every other condition known to man... including the physical ones?

Newsflash to the ADHD critics: Pick an ailment. Any ailment. Big Pharma is preying on people with that ailment... from obesity to depression to high blood pressure. Are any of those ailments "fake"? Did Big Pharma create those conditions for financial gain? No, of course not.

...But people are ignorant about ADHD to begin with. Their distrust in Big Pharma combined with their distrust in doctors (because let's not kid ourselves, some--but not ALL--doctors are in "cahoots" with Big Phrama), just perpetuates a vicious cycle. They will not apply that same logic to other conditions, because their minds are too clouded from listening to biased anecdotal evidence about ADHD from other people (with as little knowledge about ADHD as them), and not the scientists, neurologists, and psychologists who are independent of the Big Pharma agenda.

MX2012
10-01-12, 10:00 PM
My concern was more that Pharmas seek to medicate everyone for anything.

I have a hard time sleeping but I don't take sleeping medications. I could probably think of a few other things I have problems with that Pharma would like to fix with a pill.

I am also concerned that people who don't have ADD/HD will think they have it and seek an Rx to "fix" it.

Of course, I resent anyone who claims that ADD/HD does not exist. I exist and I have ADD/HD and I didn't need a doctor to tell me that -- I knew something was wrong, I just didn't have a name for it.

I do think that segments of society go a little bonkers over things medical, like the anti-vaccine supporters, or the men who pop viagra, or women who take menopausal medications for a natural physiological change, etc.

I am not insensitive to people who truly need Rx intervention, or people who feel Rx intervention is not useful to them.

ana futura
10-01-12, 10:31 PM
My concern was more that Pharmas seek to medicate everyone for anything.

I'm no fan of big pharma, and I do think their motives are too often driven solely by money. That said, this article is a load of crap. I can't take anything it says seriously, as the underlying theme is that ADHD is a fabricated disorder.

If you want to critique big pharma's marketing strategies, fine, be my guest. That's no reason to imply that ADHD is a fake disorder. It would be nice if these articles were just about ruthless marketing across the board.

ana futura
10-01-12, 10:39 PM
If you want to read a quality critique of the pharmaceutical industry, read this article that retro posted-

http://www.addforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=132475

It's about the marketing of abilify, and it's scary.

Drewbacca
10-01-12, 11:36 PM
I wouldn't get too worked up over this one. It's just alternet. Maybe the Onion will pick the article up.

ana futura
10-02-12, 12:26 AM
I wouldn't get too worked up over this one. It's just alternet. Maybe the Onion will pick the article up.

I read it on Salon earlier. I hate how Salon farms out their articles now.

Drewbacca
10-02-12, 01:54 AM
I read it on Salon earlier. I hate how Salon farms out their articles now.

In that case, it's time to write an angry letter to Salon.