I’m reposting this as the film is now widely available. If you have netflix it’s available to watch instantly. And it’s available for purchase here: Orgasm Inc.
This documentary film is a great intro to how pharma works for people who are not otherwise affected by its deviousness. This film documents what is an attempt to make EVERY woman feel like she is not enough, and that she is diseased, and therefore needs a drug. This is done via disease mongering — the creation of disease where there may not be one at all. It’s something that happens in all of “medicine” for the express purpose of selling pharmaceuticals. It’s rampant in psychiatry.
In the shocking and hilarious documentary ORGASM INC., filmmaker Liz Canner takes a job editing erotic videos for a drug trial for a pharmaceutical company. Her employer is developing what they hope will be the first Viagra drug for women that wins FDA approval to treat a new disease: Female Sexual Dysfunction (FSD). Liz gains permission to film the company for her own documentary. Initially, she plans to create a movie about science and pleasure but she soon begins to suspect that her employer, along with a cadre of other medical companies, might be trying to take advantage of women (and potentially endanger their health) in pursuit of billion dollar profits. ORGASM INC. is a powerful look inside the medical industry and the marketing campaigns that are literally and figuratively reshaping our everyday lives around health, illness, desire — and that ultimate moment: orgasm.
For more information on this particular disease-mongering trend there is a book called, Sex, Lies, and Pharmaceuticals: How Drug Companies Plan to Profit from Female Sexual Dysfunction, the author is featured in the above film as well. A review of the book is here.
Here is another review from the Wall Street Journal from a while ago.
Go here for your own copy of Orgasm Inc.
On a slightly different note, it’s an irony that a lot of psychiatric drugs do truly cause a real sexual dysfunction for many people. In that there is a clear and total change for such an individual upon taking SSRIs and often antipsychotics too (this may also indicate a much deeper emotional disconnect as well). Psychiatrists have been known to use viagra (and other, generally useless methods — chemical castration is hard to reverse as long as you’re still taking the offending substance) for both men and women. Taking additional drugs may help bring profit to pharma, but they rarely gets people who are taking psych meds really functioning well again.