Are Pharmaceutical Companies Selling Sickness?

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Millions of Americans are using a rising number of prescription drugs for conditions ranging from teenage shyness to menopause. In 1993, the average number of annual prescriptions per person was seven; in 2004, it was 12--and growing. Once, we were grateful for a prescription to soothe a migraine headache or extreme stomach flu. Now, our medicine cabinets are bulging with pills for everything from erectile dysfunction and menopause to insomnia, indigestion, high cholesterol, anxiety and restless leg syndrome--and pharmaceutical companies are spending billions to persuade doctors to prescribe them and us to take them. Some critics argue that the pharmaceutical industry has created a culture of desire for drugs we don't need. On the eve of the new Medicare Prescription Drug Plan, guest host Diana Nyad talks about the selling of sickness.
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Guest host Diana Nyad, 2002 inductee into the International Swimming Hall of Fame, is a business sports columnist for Marketplace, senior sports correspondent for Fox News, and has hosted her own show on CNBC. She's also the author of three books.


Department of Justice on Causey plea

Wall Street Journal article on Causey's plea bargain

Medicare Prescription Drug Plan

Diebold Election Systems

Smyth's article on Diebold executives giving to GOP despite ban



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