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 Post subject: Marketing Disease & Pushing Drugs
PostPosted: Sun Jan 21, 2007 6:24 am 
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DAN RATHER: Your blood pressure may have gone from normal to high overnight. New government guidelines mean millions need a check-up. Do you?

AMY GOODMAN: At the same time that drug advertising is pushing people to their doctors, experts are busy redefining what it means to be sick.

MARCIA ANGELL, MD: All you have to do is change the definition of high blood pressure, and you can increase that market by tens of millions of people, or change the definition of high cholesterol.

REPORTER: If you didn’t have a cholesterol problem yesterday, you may have one now.

REPORTER: The new guidelines call for a huge boost in use of cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins. The new numbers mean millions of Americans may be taking statin drugs for the rest of their lives.


Or just what is important to our drug industries. More at link.

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