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Sex, Lies & Pharmaceuticals: the merging of marketing and medical science


As the search for the so-called ‘Pink Viagra’ continues, controversy surrounds the nature of the medical ‘condition’ such a pill would treat. Do women with a low libido really have a disease called ‘hypoactive-sexual desire disorder’? Does it really affect one-in-ten women as drug companies claim?

Award-winning investigative journalist Ray Moynihan reveals how pharmaceutical marketing is merging with medical science, inexorably expanding the boundaries of illness to grow markets for the latest medicines.

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Ray Moynihan

Ray Moynihan is a health journalist, author, documentary-maker and academic researcher with a global reputation. Reporting across print, radio, television and the new media, Ray has worked at ABC TV’s investigative program Four Corners, ABC Radio National’s Background Briefing and The Australia... Read more


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