“Medicines are poison and should only be used if there are no other options.” – So sayeth psychopharmacologist, scientist, and author Dr. David Healy. Listen to this sobering interview on Holy Hormones Honey! Interview is also archived on this site.
Dr. David Healy
Pharmageddon – a Story of a Tragedy of Epic Proportions
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In 1962 a sleeping pill called thalidomide caused a drug disaster whose emblematic images of limbless and handicapped babies born to distraught mothers linger to this day. Congress swung into action wanting to prevent such a tragedy from happening again. They were also determined to rein in the marketing excesses of the pharmaceutical industry.
Although the FDA ‘regulated’ the pharmaceutical industry in 1962 to protect such practices from happening again, David reports that the industry is now even more out of control than ever.
Pharmacological horrors are best depicted by increasing numbers of pregnant women who steer clear of anything that might harm their unborn child, but who are urged by their doctors to take antidepressants — now the most commonly prescribed drugs in pregnancy — even as evidence accumulates that these drugs cause birth defects, double the rate of miscarriages, and cause mental handicap in children born to mothers who have been taking them.
David Healy’s latest book, Pharmageddon, documents the riveting and terrifying story of how pharmaceutical companies have hijacked healthcare in America and the life-threatening results that have since transpired. He is dedicated to raising awareness of how pharmaceutical companies sell drugs by marketing diseases while co-opting academic opinion-leaders by ghost-writing their research articles.
Dr. David Healy is an internationally respected psychiatrist, psychopharmacologist, scientist, and author. A professor of Psychiatry in Wales, David studied medicine in Dublin, and at Cambridge University. He is a former Secretary of the British Association for Psychopharmacology, and has authored more than 150 peer-reviewed articles, 200 other pieces, and 20 books, including The Antidepressant Era and The Creation of Psychopharmacology from Harvard University Press, The Psychopharmacologists Volumes 1-3 and Let Them Eat Prozac from New York University Press, and Mania from Johns Hopkins University Press.
David’s main areas of research are the history and clinical trials in psychopharmacology, and the impact of both trials and psychotropic drugs on our culture.
David is a founder and Chief Executive Officer of Data Based Medicine Limited, which operates through its website RxISK.org, dedicated to making medicines safer through online direct patient reporting of drug effects.