How A Bone Disease Grew To Fit The Prescription : NPR

This tale of the creation and marketing of osteoporosis appear on NPR in Dec. 2009.  Below is just a teaser excerpt, if you haven’t read or heard it, please follow the link.

The Biography Of A Medication

This is the story of how pills for osteopenia ended up in Benghauser’s medicine cabinet, and in the medicine cabinets of millions of women like her all over the United States. But more broadly, it’s the story of how the definition of what constitutes a disease evolves, and the role that drug companies can play in that evolution.

Osteopenia is a condition that only recently started to be thought of as a problem that required treatment. Until the early 1990s, only a handful of people had even heard the word. And to understand how osteopenia was transformed from a rarely heard word into a problem that millions of women swallow pills to treat, you need to go back to the beginning, to a place very far away from Benghauser’s suburban Virginia home.

via How A Bone Disease Grew To Fit The Prescription : NPR.

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