"Disease mongering is the selling of sickness that widens the boundaries of illness and grows the markets for those who sell and deliver treatments. It is exemplified most explicitly by many pharmaceutical industry-funded disease-awareness campaigns — more often designed to sell drugs than to illuminate or to inform or educate about the prevention of illness or the maintenance of health."Drug companies profit from giving names to conditions for which they want to sell drugs, conditions that don't necessarily warrant drugs.
- The Fight against Disease Mongering: Generating Knowledge for Action, PLoSMedicine, 2006
Here's a drug being sold for ES and SWD. I've never heard of ES and SWD, have you?
ES: Excessive Sleepiness
SWD: Shift Work Disorder
Nuvigil's website offers a free prescription. Nice, since a 90-day supply costs $1238.94 (at drugstore.com). Having insurance cover the cost for these drugs raises the price of insurance for everyone.
What acronyms will they think of next?