“Kids Being Pushed On More Drugs”
To paraphrase, a past CEO of the pharmaceutical industry stated, “It was their goal to have as many citizens as possible on medicines every day.” Drug makers do not like products which are taken for just a few days or a week or so. They want the long term profits associated with the life long dependency on their drugs. This gives maximal financial returns to the stock holders and the largest bonuses to the officers. In 2007, the multibillion dollar cholesterol lowering statin drugs were being taken by about 60 million Americans. Drug companies aggressively market these block buster drugs to allegedly save you from hardening of the arteries. In 2009, the statin drugs had over $17 billion in sales and they have pushed the market to include kids.