I think that this quote from the cover flaps of the book Selling Sickness
by Ray Moynihan and Alan Cassels just about says it all...
Thirty years ago, Henry Gadsden, the head of Merck, one of the world’s largest drug companies, told Fortune magazine that he wanted Merck to be more like chewing gum maker Wrigley’s. It had long been his dream, he said, to make drugs for healthy people - so that Merck could "sell to everyone."
You can read more of my review of this book on the Reading Nook
My own experience: After I was diagnosed I was offered a prescription for neurontin for my neuropathic pain. I did some research on this drug, as I do with all drugs someone thinks I should take (especially when it's optional) and found that the manufacture of neurontin, also Pfizer, was the subject of a class action lawsuit. It seems that they were doing the same thing that Pfizer got busted for this time. Perhaps worse though, they were putting sales reps in with patients when they met with their doctors and not informing the patients as to exactly who this other person was and why they were there. Needless to say, I declined the neurontin. Much later I was also offered a trial sample of Lyrica. I turned that down too. The neuropathic pain that I have in my foot can make it hard to fall asleep sometimes but I can deal with it most of the time.