BRUCE R. DITZION, M.D.
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To the editor: American pharmacists filled 225 million prescriptions for stimulants, sedatives, and tranquilizers in 1970 (The New York Times, March 14, 1971, p. 36). Some estimates indicate that one third of the adult population has prescriptions for such drugs. The medical and social implications of such widespread usage of mindaltering medications need to be understood. It is time for a discussion of the role of physicians, medical journals, and drug companies in the promotion and mass distribution of psychotropic agents.
Advertisements for tranquilizers, antidepressants, or sleeping pills appear in 19 out of 117 drug promotion pages in the March
DITZION BR. Psychotropic Drug Advertisements. Ann Intern Med. ;75:473. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-75-3-473
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1971;75(3):473.
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