AlterNet.org article: 8-Year-Olds on Cholesterol Meds? Is Big Pharma Pumping Kids Full of Dangerous Drugs? http://www.alternet.org/story/149685/
Mercola.com article on WebMD/Eli Lilly fraud BUSTED: This Popular “Independent” Health Website is Deceiving You
60 MINUTES REPORT: What Killed Rebecca Riley?…little Rebecca was found dead lying on the floor next to her parents bed. She was only four years old… http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/09/28/60minutes/main3308525.shtml
America’s Mental Illness Epidemic: It Turns Out That the Drugs Are the Problem 26 Aug 2010 by Gary G. Kohls, MD. Online Journal: Tens of millions of innocent, unsuspecting Americans, who are mired deeply in the mental “health” system, have actually been made crazy by the use of or the withdrawal from commonly-prescribed, brain-altering, brain-disabling, indeed brain-damaging psychiatric drugs that have been, for many decades, cavalierly handed out like candy — often in untested and therefore unapproved combinations of drugs — to trusting and unaware patients by equally unaware but well-intentioned physicians who have been under the mesmerizing influence of slick and obscenely profitable psychopharmaceutical drug companies, a.k.a. Big Pharma.
NaturalNews.com What happens to children held in juvenile detention centers? Many are put on mind-altering drugs. Evelyn Pringle reports on this chemical child abuse being pushed by psychiatry: http://www.naturalnews.com/030391_juveniles_antipsychotics.html
YouTube video: You will definitely want to take the 7 minutes required to watch the following YouTube video on Glaxo Smith Kline (GSK)–the infamous pharmaceutical manufacturer of Paxil, Avandia, and AZT (the AIDS drug). This is corporate greed at its worst… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OhcmaAf_zE
This is another must see YouTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPI7zdGdqo4
NEW YORK, April 1, 2007 CBS NEWS If you have ever wondered why the cost of prescription drugs in the United States are the highest in the world or why it’s illegal to import cheaper drugs from Canada or Mexico, you need look no further than the pharmaceutical lobby and its influence in Washington, D.C. According to a new report by the Center for Public Integrity, congressmen are outnumbered two to one by lobbyists for an industry that spends roughly a $100 million a year in campaign contributions and lobbying expenses to protect its profits. One reason those profits have exceeded Wall Street expectations is the Medicare prescription drug bill. It was passed three-and-a-half years ago, but as 60 Minutes correspondent Steve Kroft reports, its effects are still reverberating through the halls of Congress, providing a window into how the lobby works. http://www.cbsnews.com/sections/i_video/main500251.shtml?id=2635796n
TIME Magazine asks Is the FDA on drugs? (NaturalNews) Reflecting on the undue influence that drug giant GlaxoSmithKline appears to have exhibited over the FDA’s decision-making process.
15 Dangerous Drugs Big Pharma Shoves Down Our Throats Writing in AlterNet, Martha Rosenberg says: “In the pharmaceutical industry’s rush to get drugs to market, safety usually comes last.
This BBC Documentary is superb! It shows the cover-ups, ghost-written articles in prestigious journal publications, and the overall deceptive practices of GSK in the promotion of its blockbuster antidepressant, Paxil. This is a 30 minute documentary that will infuriate you and turn your stomach. Please take the time to watch it! Note: Seroxat is the British version of the antidepressant Paxil manufactured by GSK (Glaxo Smith Kline) and indicated for anxiety and depression. It is not indicated for children under the age of 18. http://news.bbc.co.uk/player/nol/newsid_6310000/newsid_6317000/6317031.stm?bw=nb&mp=wm
Probe sought of doctor who prescribed drugs to 7-year-old who killed self
By CAROL MARBIN MILLER
cmarbin@MiamiHerald.comA powerful Florida lawmaker has asked two state agencies to investigate a Broward County psychiatrist who had been treating Gabriel Myers, a 7-year-old who hanged himself last month in the bathroom of his Margate foster home. In separate letters to the Florida Board of Medicine and the Agency for Health Care Administration, state Sen. Ronda R. Storms, a Brandon Republican who chairs the Children, Families and Elder Affairs Committee, requested investigations leading to a “full report.”
Gabriel died April 16 after locking himself in a bathroom and hanging himself with a retractable shower cord. His death spurred DCF Secretary George Sheldon to appoint a work group to study the agency’s use of psychiatric drugs, and its compliance with a 2005 reform law on the use of such medications on children in state care.
The work group will meet for the first time Thursday in Fort Lauderdale.
”In my view, this case raised serious concerns which demand attention and answers,” Storms wrote in a May 1 letter to AHCA Secretary Holly Benson. Under the 2005 law, AHCA oversees a state program that monitors the prescribing of mental-health drugs to children under Medicaid, the state insurance program for the needy.
The program, called the Medicaid Drug Therapy Management Program, tracks the prescribing of mental-health drugs to children, and flags psychiatrists whose practices veer outside generally accepted protocols.
Among the practices that might draw attention: doctors with a high volume of prescriptions of mental-health drugs or potentially dangerous combinations of the medications. The program looks at the practices of about 17,000 doctors who prescribe medications to children on Medicaid, and about 300 to 450 end up red-flagged.
Dr. Sohail Punjwani, who was treating Gabriel, had been red-flagged by the medication program every quarter that the list was kept, one of the administrators told The Miami Herald.
Punjwani did not return calls from The Miami Herald for a comment.
In her letter to Benson, Storms asked what AHCA was doing to monitor the activities of doctors whose prescribing practices were identified as “problematic.”
”What guidelines or repercussions for red-flagged physicians are in place to prevent practices that result in a loss of life?” Storms wrote. “What actions, legislative remedies or otherwise, should be taken which would provide the citizens of our state a greater level of protection?”
Spokespersons for both state agencies declined to discuss the requests by Storms.
Eulinda Smith, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Health, which oversees the Board of Medicine, said the agency does not comment on investigations of doctors unless or until a finding of probable cause has been made. ”If someone files a complaint,” she said, “that’s how we begin our disciplinary process.”
”It’s very serious when we get a head’s-up from a legislator,” Smith added. “That would prompt us to begin the disciplinary process.”
Punjwani has not been disciplined before by the Board of Medicine, Smith said.
Shelisha Durden, a spokeswoman for AHCA, would only confirm that her agency received Storms’ letter and that the agency is reviewing it.
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