Pharma Monies and Disease Mongering

  Are you someone whose child is struggling to perform everyday tasks due to lack of motivation, low impulse and just plain laziness? Have you ever wondered why? What if there was a drug for laziness or low impulse? I am pretty sure a lot of you might even consider getting a prescription for it. Well, even though there is no drug for laziness, if and when this new drug ever gains medical legitimacy, it will have lots of buyers. Welcome to the modern epidemic of disease mongering. It's a phenomenon that is amplifying our natural desires to apply medical solutions to every anomaly, ache, dysfunction or concern that comes our way, even if the underlying quandary has nothing to do with our body chemistry. The overlap between business and medical ethics through disease mongering represent a moral minefield and is attracting increasing attention. Everyday aspects of ordinary life, such as menopause and migraines, are portrayed as serious illnesses. Informal partnership of pharmaceutical corporations, public relations companies, doctors' groups and patient advocates promote these ideas to the public, often using media to push a mild problem as a serious health crisis. This trend, while still growing, shows that disease mongering is a powerful method being used nowadays to exploit people’s concern about imperfection in them and their faith in scientific advancements. The pharmaceutical industry's practice of using commercials to...

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