Understanding Big Pharma

Loren Mosher, M.D., Soteria Associates, and Robert Whitaker, author, Mad in America

The pharmaceutical industry wields enormous influence over the medicine in general and psychiatry in particular. In psychiatry it defines practice and theory -"drug x affects neurotransmitters in this way; hence the 'illness' is due to their imbalance". The presenters will explain how clinical drug trials are conducted to assure FDA approval of a drug, describe techniques used in public relations campaigns that tout the drug to the public and professionals and present data on drug company expenditures on sales, new drug development, taxes and profits realized. The audience will likely be surprised at the magnitude of this enterprise.

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