why did Anti psychotic medications become popular in the 1980s? (what allowed this?)?
and what do Anti pscyhotic medications make the person like ? how they make them different? and why?
how has popularity increased in 90s and 00s and why? how about in Britain or Europe? or is this mainly in the USA and why?
The way it works is money!
Depending on the drug and the likelihood that would be available to the broad public. For example a medication like Tylenol, a med that most people might use.
So some anit-psychotics may have a broad use and in nearly all cases over use.
So drug company’s used to gain favor with physicians by taking them to golf games, sporting events, very nice dinners to “advertise” there new drug. So these doctors are more likely to prescribe these drugs to their patients.
They might not be the best drug or the the cheapest because they are most likely not generic. But that is how most drugs you are familiar with get prescribed more than others. Usually.
Since most of these major drug companies are located in the US, I assume this is why the US the the main target since some European countries like Britain have socialized health care and the government will most likely chose the lowest costing drug rather than the popular brand drugs.
This happens with most drugs not just one class of drug.
Good examples are statin drugs such as Lipitor, ED drugs like Viagra and Levitra…etc.
the main problem with this system of capitalism (monopoly) with the drug manufacturers is that this is one of the many reasons the cost of health care is high.
A prescription of a brand drug maybe hundreds of dollars charged to your insurance. A cheaper generic might be the better option sometimes, but your insurance pays out more money for this drug rather than a few dollars for a cheaper drug. Pharmacies are allowed to charge insurance more for these drugs, in turn your medical insurance payments are higher because of this. Doctors make some cash on the side for each prescriptions they write for these certain drugs and you end up picking up the cost.
It’s not really 80′s phenomenon its been happening for decades.
Although the government has been cracking down on drug companies bribing doctors to get them to prescribe their drugs.
Sometimes capitalism can be ugly, what happened to ethics?
on: 12th March 11