Dr. David Healy: “Pharmageddon is the story of a tragedy”


PharmageddonIn 1962 a sleeping pill called thalidomide caused a horrific drug disaster whose emblematic images of limbless and handicapped babies born to distraught mothers linger to this day.

The United States Congress swung into action. They wanted to prevent such a tragedy happening again. They were also determined to rein in the marketing excesses of the pharmaceutical industry.

Three steps were taken.

  • First, new drug development was rewarded with product rather than process patents.
  • Second, new drugs were made available on a prescription only basis.
  • Third, new drugs had to prove they worked through controlled trials before they could be marketed.

Stockholm Syndrome

After a bank raid in Sweden in 1973, it was recognized that isolation, a threat to life, and the kindness of captors can lead to Stockholm Syndrome.  Stockholm Syndrome is exactly what prescription-only arrangements impose on patients and doctors.

No medical school on the planet offers training on how to handle Stockholm Syndrome.

It is the reason doctors fail to recognize that adverse events happening to their patients even though these are now in the fourth leading cause of death and how they rarely intervene to save their patients.  No medical school on the planet offers training on how to handle Stockholm Syndrome.

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David HealyDr. David Healy is an internationally respected psychiatrist, psychopharmacologist, scientist, and author. A professor of Psychiatry in Wales, David studied medicine in Dublin, and at Cambridge University. He is a former Secretary of the British Association for Psychopharmacology, and has authored more than 150 peer-reviewed articles, 200 other pieces, and 20 books.


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Margareta Lundström
30 april 2013 kl 10:39

Mycket, mycket intressant. Det är den här sortens paralleller som får en att se tydligt.

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Mayne Sundewall Hopkins
25 april 2013 kl 15:02

Tack Torbjörn – mycket intressant att läsa där. Vi blir fler och fler som vill veta mer om mediciner och vad de kan orsaka – och de här två länkarna kommer jag (också) att skicka vidare.: