Drug marketing – antipsychotics for everything!

I’ve asked this question before – but how does a drug such as Zyprexa, that was approved for the treatment of adults with schizophrenia, and a few years later, was approved for short-term treatment of adults with manic episodes associated with bipolar disorder, become such a HUGE selling medicine?

Despite its extremely limited original approved uses, Zyprexa has gone on to become the top selling antipsychotic worldwide with an estimated 20 million people having used the drug and Lilly’s best-selling product, with $4.2 billion in sales in 2005, which translates into 30% of its total revenues.

Maybe this article over at CL Pysch’s site can help us to understand.

“It is amazing what passes for evidence these days in psychiatry. A December article in the journal Current Psychiatry is titled “Antipsychotics for patients without psychosis? What clinical trials support”. It’s a doozy. The authors point out a positive feature of second generation antipsychotics (SGAs; Risperdal, Zyprexa, Seroquel, Abilify, Geodon). The sentence reads:

In schizophrenia patients, antipsychotics have been shown to improve psychotic and nonpsychotic symptoms [long list]…, insomnia, poor appetite, …

Sure, it might lead to diabetes, but enjoy your increased appetite in the meantime! Sure, you might feel entirely zonked out for much of the day, but that’s part of improving your insomnia. How’s that for spin?”


One Response to “Drug marketing – antipsychotics for everything!”

  1. truthman30 Says:

    Yeah I have noticed that since the truth about SSRI’s has become widely known, the Pharmaceutiucals seem to be marketing these anti-psychotics as their new money making scheme…
    Of course , these bogus drugs are just as dangerous as the SSRI’s.. Drugs such as Risperdal and Zyprexa are dangerous, toxic and deadly , but they haven’t been tarnished with the truth yet, so they are an easy option for the pharmas to push..
    Mark my words… “psychosis” is their next market…
    they have aldready milked “depression” to death (literally)
    And of course, the danger lies with thier collusion and control of the psychiatric profession, which is only too eager to prescribe and diagnose their victims for them..
    Their thirst for profit will never be satisfied…
    And their hunger for greed has taken them to new levels of human abuse of which has yet to be defined…

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