Chapter 5: Peddling to Prescribers

Since psychotropic drugs cannot be legally sold without a prescription, pharmaceutical companies hire psychiatrists to promote them to their fellow prescribers. And with this seal of approval, pharmaceutical companies make billions.

A top academic psychiatrist can also rake in more than a half a million dollars a year from pharmaceutical companies. So psychiatrists enthusiastically promote psychotropic drugs in academic circles and to their peers and sign off on studies they never took part in. These are then published.

Due to this ceaseless promotion by psychiatrists, psychotropic drug prescription has permeated not just psychiatry but the entire medical profession.

FACT: With over 300 million psychotropic drug prescriptions written every year, high‑prescribing psychiatrists are richly rewarded for opening up new markets.