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Are You Falling for These Pharma Scare Tactics?

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5. Fear That Your Drug Isn't Working

Adding a second or more drugs to a first one maximizes Pharma revenue. But is it ethical? If a first drug is not working why take it? Maybe you never needed it. In past years, campaigns told people to add Abilify or Seroquel to their antidepressant to make it work better. Pharma-funded doctors simultaneously reclassified depression as a life-long and even progressive conditionthough it was considered neither before expensive drugs to treat it emerged. Having a progressive condition that is not being treated increases the "fear" sell of course.

6. Fear of Silent Diseases

According to Pharma ads, just because you have no symptoms doesn't mean you aren't suffering from silent conditions. You might be "at risk " of bone loss said ads for anti-osteoporosis drugs like Fosamax, Boniva and Prolia (once the money in hormone replacement ran out). And, no pill in the history of the world has been as successful as the statin Lipitor with its "Know Your Numbers" TV ad campaign.

Such Pharma fear tactics are everywhere and why it is said that he healthiest people are those who do not watch TV drug ads.

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