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Let Them Eat Prozac : The Unhealthy Relationship Between the Pharmaceutical Industry and Depression :  The Unhealthy Relationship Between the Pharmaceutical Industry and Depression - David Healy

Let Them Eat Prozac : The Unhealthy Relationship Between the Pharmaceutical Industry and Depression

The Unhealthy Relationship Between the Pharmaceutical Industry and Depression

Hardcover Published: June 2004
ISBN: 9780814736692
Number Of Pages: 351
For Ages: 1 - 17 years old

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View the Table of Contents . Read the Introduction . Healys tale is complex and detailed, bringing together a huge amount of clinical-trial data and case histories. Ultimately, the book is about science, society and the power and misuse of commercial promotion. . . . His investigation is impressive.-Nature "Healy confirms his status as one longtime thorn in the side of big drug companies, recounting how he was initially enthusiastic about SSRIs but eventually grew concerned about their side effects." -Psychology Today "In a flood of academic publications and talks, David Healy has issued harsh criticisms of both the pharmaceutical industry in general and the nearly $20-billion-dollar-a-year antidepressant industry in particular." -Boston Globe "Physicians should be aware of Let Them Eat Prozac."-JAMA"Let Them Eat Prozac: The Unhealthy Relationship Between the Pharmaceutical Industry and Depression is a double-pronged exploration, first of the SSRI drugs used to treat depression, and second of the drug industry." -Publishers Weekly "[Healy is] the leading authority on the history of psychopharmacology." -Times Literary Supplement An alarming book . . . The most disturbing part of the story Healy tells is not merely about the risks of SSRIs but about the efforts of the pharmaceutical industry to make sure those risks were not uncovered. -Dissent "In his timely new book, Healy draws on his extensive experience in antidepressant studies and involvement in legal actions against drug manufacturers...Healy has the advantage of access to internal pharmaceutical industry documents and makes a strong case." -Library Journal "This very important book will demonstrate beyond your worst dreams that the commercial needs of Big Pharma are the natural-born enemy of independent scientific research." -John Le Carr? "The author is an excellent historian who offers a gripping interpretation of the role of the pharmaco-industrial complex in the introduction of SSRIs. His recommendation for a funded agency that would carefully evaluate the benefits and harms of marketed drugs is a superb idea and much needed." -Jonathan Cole, Harvard Medical School "Healy exposes the massive fraud and deception in the production and marketing of antidepressant drugs, the selevtive serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)."-Choice "Healy presents technical matters clearly. This book could not be more timely."-Foreword Prozac. Paxil. Zoloft. Turn on your television and you are likely to see a commercial for one of the many selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) on the market. We hear a lot about them, but do we really understand how these drugs work and what risks are involved for anyone who uses them? Let Them Eat Prozac explores the history of SSRIs-from their early development to their latest marketing campaigns-and the controversies that surround them. Initially, they seemed like wonder drugs for those with mild to moderate depression-patients take just one daily dose, and unlike the tranquilizers that were popular in the 1960s, they supposedly did not lead to addiction. When Prozac was released in the late 1980s, David Healy was among the psychiatrists who prescribed it. But he soon observed that some of these patients became agitated and even attempted suicide. Studies were soon published, citing numerous cases in which patients became anxious and reported increased suicidal thoughts while taking Prozac. Could the new wonder drug actually be making patients worse? Healy draws on his own research and expertise to demonstrate the potential hazards associated with these drugs. He intersperses case histories with insider accounts of the research leading to the development and approval of SSRIs as a treatment for depression. Let Them Eat Prozac clearly demonstrates that the problems go much deeper than a disturbing side-effect of a particular drug. Current FDA regulations encourage drug companies to patent a specific compound and market it effectively to a large population on the basis of minimal effectiveness in a handful of trials. The pharmaceutical industry would like us to believe that SSRIs can safely treat depression, anxiety, and a host of other mental problems. But as Let Them Eat Prozac reveals, this "cure" may be worse than the disease.

"Stirring firsthand account of the SSRI wars... Healy is a distinguished research and practicing psychiatrist, university professor, frequent expert witness, former secretary of the British Association for Psychopharmacology, and author of three books in the field. Instead of shrinking from commercial involvement, he has consulted for, run clinical trials for, and at times even testified for most of the major drug firms. But when he pressed for answers to awkward questions about side effects, he personally felt Big Pharma's power to bring about a closing of ranks against troublemakers. That experience among others has left him well prepared to puncture any illusions about the companies' benevolence or scruples." --New York Review of Books"A compelling story about mystery, deception, death, disappointment, vindication, and uncertainty." --The American Psychological Association"Healy confirms his status as one longtime thorn in the side of big drug companies, recounting how he was initially enthusiastic about SSRIs but eventually grew concerned about their side effects." --Psychology Today"Physicians should be aware of Let Them Eat Prozac." --JAMA"Let Them Eat Prozac is a double-pronged exploration, first of the SSRI drugs used to treat depression, and second of the drug industry." --Publishers Weekly"Ultimately, the book is about science, society and the power and misuse of commercial promotion... His investigation is impressive." --Nature"This very important book will demonstrate beyond your worst dreams that the commercial needs of Big Pharma are the natural-born enemy of independent scientific research." --John Le Carre"Healy presents technical matters clearly. This book could not be more timely." --Foreword"Let Them Eat Prozac is an interesting history. It asks some stimulating and challenging questions, which are still in need of better and more constructive answers." --Journal of the American Academy of Child Adolescent Psychiatry"In a flood of academic publications and talks, David Healy has issued harsh criticisms of both the pharmaceutical industry in general and the nearly $20-billion-dollar-a-year antidepressant industry in particular." --Boston Globe"Healy does raise some timely issues." --Psychiatric Services"Dr. Healy's tenacity in fighting for what he believes in is admirable." --E-Streams"[Healy is] the leading authority on the history of psychopharmacology." --Times Literary Supplement"An alarming book... The most disturbing part of the story Healy tells is not merely about the risks of SSRIs but about the efforts of the pharmaceutical industry to make sure those risks were not uncovered." --Dissent"In his timely new book, Healy draws on his extensive experience in antidepressant studies and involvement in legal actions against drug manufacturers... Healy has the advantage of access to internal pharmaceutical industry documents and makes a strong case." --Library Journal"The author is an excellent historian who offers a gripping interpretation of the role of the pharmaco-industrial complex in the introduction of SSRIs. His recommendation for a funded agency that would carefully evaluate the benefits and harms of marketed drugs is a superb idea and much needed." --Jonathan Cole, Harvard Medical School"Healy exposes the massive fraud and deception in the production and marketing of antidepressant drugs, the selevtive serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)." --Choice

Acknowledgments Preface: Under the Thundercloud of a Common Experience Introduction: Before Prozac 1 Take One 2 Events in Kentucky 3 Down the Barrel of a Lawyer 4 Market Force 5 APaci?c Fault Line 6 Kafka's Castle 7 Experiment at the End of the Millennium8 The Plots Thicken 9 The Tort Wars 10 Let Them Eat Prozac Epilogue: Anecdotal Deaths Notes Index About the Author

ISBN: 9780814736692
ISBN-10: 0814736696
Series: Disease and Desire
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 1 - 17 years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 351
Published: June 2004
Publisher: New York University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.3  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.62