Her Contributions to Mental Health Activism
Gwen Olsen is the author of the award-winning book, Confessions of an Rx Drug Pusher.
She is also a contributing author to three books, Drugging Our Children by Dr. Sharna Olfman et al, Doctor of the Futureby Dan Yachter, D.C., and the Maximized Living Makeover Manualby Dr. Ben Lerner et al. Gwen has also published health-related articles in the Well Being Journal, Natural News, and the Health News Digest.
Gwen is a passionate mental health activist, writer, and dynamic speaker who devotes much of her time to mental health and child advocacy. Gwen volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for the Travis County court system from 1995 to 2000, serving as an advocate for abused and neglected foster children in Texas. A 2007 Human Rights Award recipient, she is sought after internationally as a speaker and media resource, and has testified numerous times before Congress and the FDA. Please use the “Hire Gwen” tab in this website to schedule Gwen to speak at your upcoming event.
A fifteen-year-veteran pharmaceutical rep from 1985 – 2000, Gwen worked for McNeil Pharmaceutical, Syntex Laboratories, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Abbott Labs and Forest Laboratories. She was a hospital rep and specialist rep for the majority of her career, educating residents in hospital teaching settings and selling prescription drugs to doctors in obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedics, cardiology, neurology, endocrinology and psychiatry.
Gwen has a unique industry insider’s perspective of the current U.S. healthcare dilemma, and utilizes both her experience and the insight she received in her extensive sales training with Pharma to illuminate marketing trends and illustrate how current greed and conflicts of interest make the system itself the biggest health risk to American consumers.
For the past 5 years Gwen has made hundreds of appearances and presentations and has been interviewed and featured on national and international television, radio, on-line and print media, documentary films, etc.
“My work is dedicated to the memory of my niece, Megan Leslie Blanchard, who committed suicide as a result of withdrawal from doctor prescribed medication, and to the many thousands who have experienced similar fates. May they rest in peace.” — Gwen Olsen