Why are drugs sometimes over-prescribed? This video may help explain.
There are a number of us following this site that have high cholesterol but who do not have cardiovascular disease. For this group, it is normal for doctors to prescribed statins because doctors are taught it’s the best thing for the patient. However, a lingering doubt for many of us, is whether statins are being over-prescribed to this group of otherwise healthy people. And this creates a quandary for us. Why would doctors want to over prescribe statins? Surely they must have our best interest at heart, surely they know more than we do, and maybe we as patients should listen to their experience and training.
I came across this video which I think helps provide some of the answers. It’s from the author of a book called ‘Confessions of an Rx Drug Pusher’. This lady spent 15 years with large drug companies including working with doctors. It helps explain the marketing power of the large drug corporations and how they selectively control the flow of information to doctors . Whilst this video is not about statins specifically, it does provide an insight to us in how medications are promoted. Of course, everyone has their own view, as does this lady, so we need to form our own conclusions. Nevertheless, I think it’s a very worthwhile video to watch and to help us to gain a broader perspective.