Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Is Monica Seles Pushing Speed?

Shire, Maker of Binge-Eating Drug Vyvanse, First Marketed the Disease

I sort of jokingly expressed my skepticism about a new drug Monica Seles is hawking designed to treat "binge-eating disorder." But THIS article in The New York Times has me thinking I'm actually on to something. It sounds like the maker of the drug, Shire, has been the driving force behind pushing the problem as an actual disorder, a designation it only got in 2013. And the drug is a form of speed that is highly addictive, a situation reminiscent of the ADHD craze that overtaken America, which made the company billions via Adderall.

A 1954 advertisement for an methamphetamine-based appetite control drug called Opidice. Shire's new drug Vyvanse also uses a type of amphetamine. 

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