One of the biggest flaws with the current state of drug development and safety is the focus on treatments and not on cures. Drug companies spend billions in developing and attaining patent protection on drugs that are designed to treat illnesses, instead of illness prevention and disease cure.
The reasoning is simple math. More money is to be made through pumping the public with treatments then to focus on prevention or cures. This is the main topic of a book recently released called Selling Sickness: How the World’s Biggest Pharmaceutical Compnaies Are Turning Us All Into Patients.
The book focus on Big Pharma’s preying on the culture of fear that has grown in our post-9/11 society. Direct to consumer advertising creates the sense that we may have a certain disorder by using vague illness descriptions and general diagnostic criteria.