It is worse than I thought and we are not alone. I just returned from a two day meeting in Washington DC. Selling Sickness: People Before Profits. The event brought together academics, investigative journalists and advocates - just like us. Kim Witzack's husband Woody committed suicide ten years ago this month. Woody had been inappropriately prescribed an antipsychotic and died. Kim started a group - Woody Matters - and has worked nationally and internationally trying to drive accountability and transparency in the pharmaceutical industry.
There was renewed commitment to work together on the national and state levels. We are up against an industry that has now outpaced the military industrial complex in committing and being fined for both civil and criminal offenses. But now, with this meeting, we have the ingredients we need: brains, passion and the talents of investigative journalists. We are off to a good start.
In this newsletter, I will be suggesting websites and resources we can all use to improve health outcomes. Take advantage of the depth of knowledge and the determination to counter marketing and deep political pockets, so that you don't fall victim to the many scare tactics and the promise of miracles.