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Unwarranted Off-label Psych Drug Prescriptions are Dooming Millions of Children's Lives

 

by Tony Isaacs

(The Best Years in Life) Our children are being prescribed anti-psychotic drugs at an increasing rate and at ever younger ages and often the drugs, which are now being prescribed for children as young as under one-year-old, are being prescribed for off-label uses other than what the FDA approved the drugs for.

Perhaps it is not surprising to see parents and doctors alike opt for controlling children's behavior with drugs in a country where "me generation" parents often put their needs and desires first and where we have been conditioned to look for cures in a bottle. However, such choices can have devastating results: children's brains being ruined, their future health damaged, and growing up dependent on anti-psychotic drugs.

Studies find alarming increases in anti-psychotic treatment of children

Recent studies show that U.S. psychiatrists are now prescribing anti-psychotic drugs to children in one out of every three visits, triple the rate such drugs were prescribed in the 1990s. Studies have also found that about 90 percent of the anti-psychotic drug prescriptions are for off-label use, most often for behavior disorders such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) which are not treatable by anti-psychotics.

A new study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry found an eight-fold increase in the growth of anti-psychotic treatment of children over a 17 year period. Study author Dr. Mark Olfson, a professor of clinical psychiatry at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, warned:

"Practice has overstepped research. These rapidly rising rates of antipsychotic treatment in young people should give physicians pause."

In an interview with Reuters, Dr. Mark Olfson, a professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University, said: "Only a small proportion of anti-psychotic treatment of children (6 percent) and adolescents (13 percent) is for FDA-approved clinical indications."

Whether they are effective or not, the drugs have been known to cause other health problems, such as diabetes, heart problems, muscular tics, weight gain and suicide. For example, a University of Massachusetts study found that kids taking anti-psychotics were four times more likely to develop diabetes.

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The nefarious role of Big Pharma

In part, the rise in the prescription of anti-psychotic drugs can be attributed to the big rise in diagnosis of mental disorders - a rise many blame on the increased use of vaccinations and other drugs. However, big pharmaceutical companies have played a huge role, as they have pushed for more and more off-label use of their drugs. They have often pushed beyond legal boundaries.

In July of 2912, pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) was fined a record $3 Billion for bribing doctors and encouraging the prescription of unsuitable antidepressants to children. One of GSK's drugs, Paxil was promoted as suitable for children and teenagers by the company despite the drug only being approved for adults and three trials that showed it was ineffective. Despite knowing Paxil was ineffective, GSK published a report entitled "Positioning Paxil in the adolescent depression market - getting a head start."

The second GSK drug to be wrongly sold was Wellbutrin - another antidepressant aimed only at adults.

GSK is hardly alone when it comes to illegally promoting off-label use of their drugs. In just the past three years, drug companies which have been fined up to billions of dollars have included Eli Lilly, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Merck, Abbott and Johnson & Johnson.

Most often, diagnosis of behavior disorders is little more than a doctor's subjective opinion. Regardless of how accurate a diagnosis may be, when it comes to children's behavior problems, nature and good parenting offer safer and more effective solutions. For example, see:

Beat and Treat ADD and ADHD without Drugs

See also:

ADD misdiagnosis and the ineffectiveness and dangers of commonly prescribed Ritalin

 

Sources included:

http://rt.com/usa/news/children-antipsychotic-taking-us-187/
http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/jul/03/glaxosmithkline-fined-bribing-doctors-pharmaceuticals
http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2011/12/01/143017520/foster-kids-even-infants-more-likely-to-be-given-psychotropic-drugs
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/09/antipsychotics-adhd-study_n_1760602.html
http://www.propublica.org/special/big-pharmas-big-fines
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/04/12/business/drug-giant-is-fined-1-2-billion-in-arkansas.html
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Off-label_use

About the author

Tony Isaacs is a natural health advocate and researcher and the author of books and articles about natural health including Cancer's Natural Enemy.  Mr. Isaacs articles are featured at Natural News, the Health Science Institute's Healthiertalk website, CureZone, the Crusador online, AlignLife, the Cancer Tutor, the American Chronicle and several other venues. Mr. Isaacs also has The Best Years in Life website for baby boomers and others wishing to avoid prescription drugs and mainstream managed illness and live longer, healthier and happier lives naturally. In addition, he hosts the Yahoo Oleandersoup Health group of over 2800 members and the CureZone Ask Tony Isaacs - Featuring Luella May forum.

You can also find articles by Tony Isaacs at:

Natural News - http://www.naturalnews.com/author396.html

AlignLife - http://alignlife.com/author/tisaacs/

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