Updated: November 2, 2017
In this video, Gwen Olsen, author of Confessions Of An Rx Drug Pusher, discusses some of the tactics used by some pharmaceutical sales representatives to get doctors to prescribe their drugs.
This included tactics like minimising harmful side effects to doctors, presenting statistics in a slanted way, accusing anyone that speaks out against psychiatric drugs as being a Scientologist, psychological profiling of doctors to best know how to convince them to prescribe your drugs, etc.
Gwen Olsen, spent fifteen years as a pharmaceutical sales representative working for such healthcare giants as Johnson & Johnson, Bristol-Myers Squibb, and Abbott Laboratories. She enjoyed a successful, fast-paced career until several conscious-altering experiences began awakening her to the dangers lurking in every American medicine cabinet. Her most poignant lessons, however, came as both victim and survivor of life-threatening adverse drug reactions. After leaving pharmaceutical sales in 2000, Gwen worked in the natural foods industry first as an Account Manager for Nature’s Way, and then as a Regional Sales Manager for Gaia Herbs. She is currently a writer, speaker, and natural health consultant.
The United States health care system is killing Americans at an alarming rate, even though the country spends over fifteen percent of the Gross National Product (GNP) on health care. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, US health care outcomes ranked only fifteenth among twenty-five industrialised nations worldwide. Adverse effects from prescription drugs have become the third-leading killer of Americans. Only heart disease and cancer claim more lives. We trust our doctors to inform our government and us to protect us from medical malfeasance that may put profits ahead of consumer health and safety. However, the fine line walked by the FDA between the interests of the pharmaceutical manufacturers and the American public has continually been crossed. The result is the unleashing of an unprecedented number of lethal drugs on the US market!
In Confessions Of An Rx Drug Pusher, Gwen Olsen brings together the knowledge of an “insider” trained to sell doctors on the merits of pills; the personal experience of having taken psychiatric medications and seen how they altered her life; and the deep grief of having lost her niece, following her treatment with psychiatric medications, to suicide.
This book has both an intellectual and emotional punch that readers will long remember.
Robert Whitaker, Author of Anatomy Of An Epidemic
It is easy to disregard prescription drug deaths, medical errors, and US health care crisis statistics as just numbers. However, they are not. In a well researched, impeccably documented, finely written manner Gwen Olsen has given us account of the gripping details of real people hurt by the failures of modern health care. A former pharmaceutical representative herself, the information is as credible as it is compelling. It is vital for those currently taking prescription medication to read and understand this book.
Dr Ben Lerner, New York Times best selling-author of Body By God
Olsen believes that it is time to dispel the myth that the pharmaceutical industry is in the business of health and healing.
In fact, what the pharmaceutical industry is in the business of doing is disease maintenance and symptoms management …[to] encourage people to remain customers of the pharmaceutical industry.
My own experience, as a survivor of a ‘toxic cocktail’ of prescription medication, is more than enough to convince me of Olsen’s argument. For more information, see: My Serrapeptase Adventure; 2006: The Year I Got My Life Back! and The Relief Of A Prescription Free Life.
Every one of us will need help at some time in life, so it is reasonable to ask for, and accept it; the crucial thing is to do so with our thinking clear. Be ware of any system: government, commercial or voluntary, which claims to offer support. The first priority of any system is to sustain itself, so the primary focus of the system is to support people who are maintained and controlled within it.