Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
Print version ISSN 1413-8123
BARROS, José Augusto Cabral. New tendencies in medicalization. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2008, vol.13, suppl., pp. 579-587. ISSN 1413-8123. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232008000700007.
Beginning with a critical analysis of the role drugs play in the behavior of consumers and health professionals, this text aims at evaluating the influence of both traditional and new promotional strategies of the pharmaceutical industry designed to create values and believes that exceed what in fact can be expected from drug consumption. Some examples were chosen to illustrate the intensification of the medicalization process. Special emphasis was given to the irrational use of amphetamines to diminish the appetite and to control weight or to treat children supposedly suffering from Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) as well as to drugs used in cases of depression and supposed andropause.
Keywords : Medicalization; Drug promotion; Irrational use of drugs.