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They're Baaaaack--Old Pills for New Conditions

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Now Pharma is announcing that insomnia is actually a "risk" factor for depression and "that treating insomnia can help treat depression." The American Psychiatric Association's new Diagnostic and Statistical Manual due in May (DSM-5) also newly pathologizes sleep. Considered the Bible of psychiatric drug treatments that end up being funded by insurers, the latest Manual has revised the way that insomnia is diagnosed and classified. "If sleep disturbance is persistent and impairs daytime functioning, then it should be recognized and treated," write authors in a paper the December issue of the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. [i]


Recycling Neurontin

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The seizure drug Neurontin (gabapentin) has not been Pharma's finest hour. A division of Pfizer Inc., pleaded guilty in 2008 to illegally promoting it for bipolar disorder, pain, migraine headaches, and drug and alcohol withdrawal when it was only approved for postherpetic neuralgia, pain after shingles and epilepsy, paying $430 million. Oops. Pfizer actually promoted the illegal uses while under probation for illegal activities related to Lipitor and later promoted illegal uses for a similar drug, Lyrica, while under the Neurontin agreement! [ii]   See: incorrigible.


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To sell Neurontin, Pfizer's Parke-Davis launched an elaborate "publication plan" to get marketing papers disguised as science in medical journals. In just three years, Parke-Davis planted 13 ghostwritten articles in medical journals promoting off-label uses for Neurontin including a supplement to the prestigious Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine that Parke-Davis made into 43,000 reprints for its reps to disseminate. See Doc, it says right here"..


And there was more duplicity. In 2011, three years after its $430 million settlement, Pfizer's STEPS trial ("Study of Neurontin: Titrate to Effect, Profile of Safety") was reported to also be a con--a sales tool created to inspire the 772 investigators participating in the trail to personally prescribe Neurontin not a scientific study. Recently, the new uses for Neurontin of chronic cough, menopause and insomnia are appearing in scientific literature. Why does no one seem to believe them?




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Martha Rosenberg is an award-winning investigative public health reporter who covers the food, drug and gun industries. Her first book, Born With A Junk Food Deficiency: How Flaks, Quacks and Hacks Pimp The Public Health, is distributed by Random (more...)

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