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Why Are Drugs So Outrageously Expensive?

Allen Frances | Posted 11.18.2016 | Science
Allen Frances

The drugs industry is the most profitable on earth. It has two branches -- an illegal one consisting of drug cartels and a legal one consisting of drug companies. The huge profits derived by both branches accrue from the same source -- monopoly price gouging.

5-Hour Energy and 30-Second Deceit

Nathan Risinger | Posted 12.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Nathan Risinger

Advertisers frequently trade on the implicit trust we have in medical professionals to sell products for their clients. For example, an advertisement promoting the consumption of 5-Hour Energy has recently been running on television.

With Mental Health Drugs, Greater Risk Means More Marketing

Matthew D. Erlich, M.D. | Posted 11.06.2011 | Healthy Living
Matthew D. Erlich, M.D.

The riskier the drug, the more pharmaceutical companies will allocate to its marketing, in order to boost sales of the drug.

Are You Depressed, Or Just Human?

Dr. Andrew Weil | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Andrew Weil

Occasional, situational sadness is not pathology -- it is part and parcel of the human condition. Beware of those who attempt to make money by convincing you otherwise.