Saturday, December 19, 2009

Pharmaceutical Goldmines: Children's developing brains and AstraZeneca's shame

Getting back to the abuses of big Pharma and by goodness there are sooo many!
That is one industry that has alot more blood on it's hands then most people realize.
Two interesting and connected stories.

First-US Kids/Psychiatric Goldmine
-Prescriptions for psychiatric drugs increased 50 percent with children in the US, and 73 percent among adults, from 1996 to 2006

-On April 22, 2009, the US Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality reported that in 2006 more money was spent on treating mental disorders in children aged 0 to 17 than for any other medical condition a total of $8.9 billion.
-Compare that to the cost of treating trauma-related disorders, including fractures, sprains, burns, and other physical injuries, was only $6.1 billion.

Sensing a problem in those figures? Wondering how it is this came about?

The path to child drugging in the US started with providing adolescents with stimulants for ADHD in the early 80s. That was followed by Prozac in the late 80s, and in the mid-90s drug companies started claiming that ADHD kids really had bipolar disorder, coinciding with the marketing of epilepsy drugs as "mood stablizers" and the arrival of the new atypical antipsychotics.

Parents can now have their kids declared disabled due to mental illness and receive Social Security disability payments and free medical care, and schools can get more money for disabled kids. The bounty for the prescribing doctors and pharmacies is enormous and the CEOs of the drug companies are laughing all the way into early retirement.
The system is rigged to disadvantage children.
Sadly, parents put to much faith in this system. Don't. Do some research, do your homework and examine, honestly, the interaction between yourself and your children.
As for the schools, the doctors, the ability to get benefits for children. This is an insane system that obviously needs to be changed.

But, of course there is money involved. Where there is money there is corruption and get a load of this alleged doctor?

AstraZeneca Paid $500,000 to Psychiatrist Who Used Chicago's Poor as Guinea Pigs

Chicago psychiatrist Dr. Michael Reinstein was bringing the company a small fortune in sales and was conducting research that made one of its most promising drugs look spectacular.
On the other, some worried that his research findings might be too good to be true.
As Reinstein grew irritated with what he perceived as the company's slights, a top executive outlined the scenario in an e-mail to colleagues.
"If he is in fact worth half a billion dollars to (AstraZeneca)," the company's U.S. sales chief wrote in 2001, "we need to put him in a different category." To avoid scaring Reinstein away, he said, the firm should answer "his every query and satisfy any of his quirky behaviors."
On the other, some worried that his research findings might be too good to be true.
As Reinstein grew irritated with what he perceived as the company's slights, a top executive outlined the scenario in an e-mail to colleagues.
I really gotta wonder where are the usually stingy insurance companies? No alarm bells here?
Amazing, really?

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