Although Risperdal is probably the reigning Neuroleptic seller, (perhaps the Abillify add campaign has propelled it into the lead, I don’t have up-to-date facts on this), this post still gives us a good idea of the money involved. These millions and billions sadly outweigh the welfare of psychiatric victims.
We must not be naïve, and forget the large sums of money that are made by the consumption of these medications. The original neuroleptic Thorazine made millions of dollars for Smith Kline and French. One of the current atypical antipsychotics is a leading money-maker for Astra Zeneca. The Wall Street Journal Online reported the drug’s annual sales of nearly $5 billion, “Seroquel was the fifth biggest-selling drug in the world last year (2009), according to IMS Health, a research firm.” (Whalen, Stovall)
USA Today 2009: Much is at stake. Antipsychotics, which had $14.6 billion in sales last year, were the top-selling class of U.S. medicines; antidepressants brought in $9.6 billion, says IMS HEALTH.
God bless- Alex