The researchers have warned the public that the pharmaceutical firms are inventing diseases to increase the number of drugs on the market, but they denied this statement.

In Australia, the Newcastle University researchers said that firms were putting healthy people at risk by medicalising conditions such as menopause.

David Henry and Ray Moynihan criticized the attempts to convince the public in the US that 43% of women live with sexual dysfunction. They also said that risk factors like high cholesterol and osteoporosis are presented as diseases, as well as the very rare conditions such as restless leg condition, even the Irritable Bowel Syndrome condition was exaggerated.

The report said: “Disease mongering is the selling of sickness that widens the boundaries of illness and grows the markets for those who sell and deliver treatments.

Doctors, patients and support groups were suggested to be aware of the marketing tactics of the pharmaceutical industry and for more research into the way in which conditions are presented.
Richard Ley , of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry, said the research is centred on the US where the drug industry has much more freedom to promote their products to the public.