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Selling Sickness: An Ill For Every Pill
Directed by Catherine Scott
Produced by Pat Fiske
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film stillSELLING SICKNESS exposes the unhealthy relationship between society, medical science and the pharmaceutical industry.

Drug manufacturers today fund aggressive marketing campaigns designed to create public awareness of previously unknown diseases, or known by less dramatic names. Shyness thus becomes branded as 'Social Anxiety Disorder,' constant worry becomes 'Generalized Anxiety Disorder,' and premenstrual tension is now 'Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder.' The sale of SSRI anti-depressant medications used to treat these and other diseases, such as Paxil, Zoloft and Prozac, has become an annual $20 billion market.

The film features commentary from paid medical consultants to the drug companies, patients, researchers, patient advocates, advertisers, attorneys, and psychiatrist Dr. David Healy, a critic of the pharmaceutical industry. SELLING SICKNESS also visits trade shows and professional conferences to show how the pharmaceutical industry promotes the use of its drugs within the medical community.

Co-written by Ray Moynihan (author of the book Selling Sickness, 2005), an internationally respected health journalist and current guest editor at The British Medical Journal, the documentary reveals aspects of the drug trade not mentioned in commercials or magazines, including the deceptive use of clinical trials sponsored by the pharmaceutical companies, the highly addictive nature and many adverse side effects (like suicidal impulses among adolescent patients) of popular SSRI anti-depressants. At an FDA hearing in Washington, D.C., the testimony of parents who have lost their children to suicide starkly emphasizes the need for greater regulation of these heavily promoted and prescribed anti-depressants.

In a society where the techniques for selling diseases has become even more sophisticated than the medical science which develops cures for them, where everyday emotional problems are touted as epidemic diseases, SELLING SICKNESS sounds a vitally important cautionary note.

" * * * [3 stars]! Recommended! A thoroughly researched and well-made film."—Video Librarian

"Provocative… Bracing… A welcome, bitter tonic to the surfeit of glossy advertising and lucrative enticements that surround any practicing physician today."—Journal of the American Medical Association

"Disturbing! Should make you think twice before popping a pill."—The Mercury

"A thought-provoking film… although its critical intent is apparent throughout, it provides a complex account… this film is sure to prompt a valuable discussion about the medicalization of everyday problems, the difficulties of anticipating atypical reactions to new drugs, and the impact of new advertising and marketing methods on the relationship between doctors and patients."—Bulletin of the History of Medicine

"Lively! Superior! Recommended!"—Ragged Edge Magazine

2005 American Public Heath Association Conference
2005 American Sociological Association Film Festival

52 minutes / Color
Release: 2005
Copyright: 2004

For colleges, universities, government agencies, hospitals and corporations

This DVD is sold with a license for institutional use and Public Performance rights.

Subject areas:
Adolescence, Advertising, Advertising & Marketing, American Studies, Bioethics, Biology, Business Ethics, Business and Economics, Communications, Economic Sociology, Ethics, Health Care Issues, History of Science, Medicine, Psychiatry, Psychology, Science and Technology

Related Links:
Newsweek Interview with Ray Moynihan
New York Times Profile of Dr. David Healy

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