Big Pharma creates “new” diseases?

A major criticism of large Pharmaceutical companies is that in search of new markets for their products, they may “create” new medical “conditions” – conditions that the drug was not initially intended for. 

In this thought-provoking article from AlterNet, headed “Do You Have Excessive Sleepiness? Shift Work Sleep Disorder? Big Pharma Hopes So”, the introductory paragraph reads:

“Do you work in customer service? Health care? The restaurant industry? You might be suffering from shift work sleep disorder (SWSD) says a new ad campaign from Frazer, PA-based Cephalon who makes the Schedule IV stimulants Provigil and Nuvigil.  One out of four people working nontraditional schedules suffers from this hitherto unrecognized epidemic say radio ads which broke this week in Chicago.”

The article continues here: http://blogs.alternet.org/speakeasy/2010/05/07/do-you-have-excessive-sleepiness-shift-work-sleep-disorder-pharma-hopes-so/ 

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