The New York Times ran a story in December about burgeoning diagnoses of ADHD in the United States in recent years. That piece emphasized that diagnoses soared as makers of the drugs used to treat ADHD found success with a two-decade marketing campaign. A few days later, the Times‘ editorial board reiterated that message, saying that the tactics used by pharmaceutical companies to drive up diagnosis and sales of their drugs, “Were brazen, often misleading and sometimes deceitful.”
This analysis of the efficacy and marketing of Belsomra in the Huffington Post takes the same sort of social problems approach to making sense of Big Pharma as some of the academic critiques we’ve been reading this semester. And it has pretty pictures.
this New York Times op ed written two weeks after the Paris attacks last year has some interesting things to say about the French, terrorism, and understandings of anxiety: “France’s Cult of Fearlessness.”
I heard teenagers saying they had “post-anxiety depression” in this NPR story, “When Depression Hits, Teens Find Help.” If you google that phrase, you don’t find much, but let’s watch to see if there’s not more by the end of the semester.
Here’s a story about the Supreme Court case we were discussing at the beginning of seminar Thursday. The Little Sisters of the Poor assert that Affordable Care Act regulations about providing birth control encroach on their free exercise of religion.
Or maybe that’s a profound, alarmist exaggeration, and researchers merely detected those substances in the tissues of fish caught near a sewage treatment plant in Seattle. I just wanted our little class website to sound like the rest of the Internet for a moment.
Perhaps not terribly surprising to us, but here’s some fresh data on the relationship between pharmaceutical companies and prescribing doctors.
A non-binding guideline, but still an indication that even some factions in the medical establishment are beginning to think of our current mania for pills as misguided.
Here’s a sad story in the New York Times relevant to our next set of readings: “To Maintain Supply of Sex Slaves, ISIS Pushes Birth Control.”
Here’s the latest high profile sports doping story, this one affecting the highest paid female athlete in the world.