Monday, August 31, 2009

Part V - Mothers Act Disease Mongering Campaign

Part V, the final installment of the series, "The Mothers Act Disease Mongering Campaign," along with links to the first four parts.

 

In the title of a paper in the May, 2009, Journal of Affective Disorders, Stephen Matthey, of the University of Sydney Infant, Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service Research Unit in Australia, asks, "Are we overpathologising motherhood?"

 

Saturday, August 29, 2009

DON'T LET YOUR CHILD BE SCREENED!

 

Get the facts about "Depression Testing" of kids from a real Insider
—renowned whistleblower, Allen Jones

Allen Jones gained international attention and press coverage as a whistleblower after he uncovered pharmaceutical industry payments to government officials for the purpose of implementing a national mental health screening/psychotropic drug treatment plan. In this video interview and blog (two separate pieces), Allen describes the pharma funding and psycho/pharma agenda behind mental health "screening" of schoolchildren.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Watch this video: Psychiatric Drugs and the Florida Schools

 

Parents have the right to be fully informed about the harms of psychiatric drugs!

 

One, young mother, had seen the dangers of these drugs and stood up to any "bullying" by those who tried to drug her kindergarten-aged son!

 

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Watch the video and pass it to your email contacts!

You may help to save another child from the side effects of psychotropic drugs.  (psychosis, mania, hallucinations, suicidal thoughts, homicidal thoughts, sudden death and more) 


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Monday, August 17, 2009

Story on drugging children

 

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Miami Herald

Drugging kids is the easy way out

By DANIEL SHOER ROTH

 

August 17, 2009

Kids in foster care carry profound pain. It's the pain that stems from the abuse, abandonment and trauma they have experienced during their character-forming years.

 

This pain often is revealed in various ways: anger, depression, rebelliousness and violence. For the state, it's easier and less expensive to sedate them with medication than to help them heal.


Officials from the Florida's Department of Children & Families have finally admitted that they too often use drugs to manage troubled children rather than to treat them.
It's a practice that shows how little understanding the state has for its foster children and the bleak situations in which they have been left by their birth parents.
And it highlights the question of just what responsibilities doctors have toward these children. They have the last word. Some of them prescribe powerful psychotropic drugs, most of which are not authorized for children by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.


UNETHICAL PRACTICE
The drugs keep the kids under control, but they don't necessarily help them get better. When doctors prescribe these drugs, they fail the test of professional ethics.
The prescribing physicians often lack information about the children, including their medical histories. This was the conclusion of a report released by a panel of child-welfare experts and DCF administrators that examined the case of 7-year-old Gabriel Myers, a Broward foster child who hanged himself in the bathroom of his foster home. At the time, he was being given a risky regimen of psychiatric medications.
Basic information such as height and weight is often overlooked; some doctors even prescribe such drugs without a physical exam.


Others are simply not familiar with the emotional problems the young patient is suffering.


``The prescriber has a legal and ethical duty to obtain informed consent before psychotherapeutic medication is administered,'' the report states.


SECOND-CLASS PATIENTS
At a time when healthcare reform is debated around the country, the panel's findings underscore the adverse effects of government-sponsored medicine on the quality of care for vulnerable groups. Psychiatrists hired by the DCF are paid by Medicare, which reimburses them at a very low rate. This makes these children second-class patients.


Another problem is that the current system generally undervalues psychiatrists, and that insurance companies do not compensate them as specialists. Psychotherapy takes time, and if doctors are not able to give patients that time, they simply become pill-dispensers.


Doctors don't mean to do harm. On the contrary, they believe they are freeing the child from suffering.


But in many cases neither medication nor psychotherapy is the only solution.
People involved in the lives of these children -- foster parents, social workers, therapists, doctors -- need the required motivation, knowledge, training and sensitivity to work with young people who have been so seriously affected by the rejection of their birth parents and the neglect of society.


Drugging foster kids is creating a generation of chronic patients who will depend on social services for the rest of their lives. They will end up in hospitals and prisons -- all at the expense of taxpayers.


Doctors should put away their prescription pads unless a case is well documented and has proper consent.

Likewise, everyone in Florida's child welfare system should look at these children as his or her own. Every parent in Florida should feel that minors under state custody are also their own children. Only then will the kids have a chance to rejoin society as equals.

 

Sign the pledge to stop psychiatric harm and abuse of children: www.cchrflorida.org/pledge

 

 

Friday, August 14, 2009

A Dad Becomes A Hero

 A DAD BECOMES A HERO

 

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Tony's son, Nick was diagnosed with Stress Anxiety Disorder, clinical Depression, thoughts of suicide, Teretz Syndrome and ADHD, the doctor wanted to start by putting Nick on Prozac, Zoloft, Ritalin, Dexatrine and Clonapin,

 

Tony was certain that the doctor was the one who needed help. No way was he ever going to agree to put his son on these drugs.

 


2 min video exposes Pharma/Psych scam

 

The Prozac Calamity

by Shane Ellison
Award-winning scientist, Masters degree in organic chemistry
Previously worked for Array BioPharma and Eli Lilly

"I love Big Pharma. After getting a masters degree in drug design, I was fortunate enough to work within their stinky labs and learn the inner workings of corporate drug making (and dealing). My most important lesson: Not all drugs are bad. Some are really bad. Take the so-called antidepressant Prozac as an example."

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Florida Authorities Admit To Mis-Use Of Psychiatric Drugs On Children

 

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/southflorida/story/1183698.html 

 

Child-welfare panel: Potent drugs misused on foster kids

Florida's mental health system for foster kids relies far too often on drugs, with little oversight, according to a draft report on the suicide of 7-year-old Gabriel Myers.

August 13, 2009
BY CAROL MARBIN MILLER 

 

Admitting for the first time what critics have claimed for years, state child-welfare authorities say caregivers for children in state custody frequently use powerful mind-altering drugs to manage unruly kids, rather than treat their anger and sadness.

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A photo of Gabriel Myers from 2007.

 

A panel of child-welfare experts, including two top administrators from the state Department of Children & Families, examined the death of a 7-year-old Broward foster child who was on psychotropic medications -- without the required consent -- when he hanged himself in a Margate home.

 


The panel's report, expected to be released publicly later this month, says child welfare authorities too often rely on the potent medications to manage abused and neglected children -- but fail to offer psychiatric treatment to help them overcome the trauma they suffered.

 


``Psychotherapeutic medications are often being used to help parents, teachers and other child workers quiet and manage, rather than treat, children,'' the report says. It adds: ``We have not clearly articulated the standard of psychiatric care expected for children in state foster care.''

 

Gabriel Myers hanged himself from a detachable shower hose April 16 at a Broward foster home. He had been in foster care since the previous June, when his mother had been found slumped in her car, surrounded by a stash of narcotics.

 


After The Miami Herald reported that Gabriel had been given several psychiatric drugs linked by federal regulators to potentially dangerous side effects, including suicide, DCF Secretary George Sheldon appointed a work group to study the care given to the boy, as well as the agency's overall reliance on mind-altering drugs.

 


Sheldon said Wednesday that serious questions arose over why so many children in state care are on psychotropic medications -- and why so many claim they
feel fine once the drugs are discontinued.

 


``There was a lot of evidence presented to the work group -- from kids and from folks in the system -- raising a lot of concern over the purpose of these drugs,'' Sheldon said.
Sheldon cautioned that the draft of the report is not final and ``is subject to a lot of change'' after work group members review and tweak it.

 


An overarching theme of the work group's discussions, and of the draft report, was the lack of a parent figure -- or ``champion'' -- for Gabriel, who the report said had become ``overwhelmed'' by change and disruption. While the youngster's life crumbled around him, caseworkers took copious notes and documented each new development.

 


But the report says, ``there was no sense of urgency driving the agencies and individuals responsible for the welfare of Gabriel Myers,'' and ``no one person stepped forward to act as his parent.''

 


Though Gabriel was in regular contact with agency-referred therapists and a psychiatrist, the report says, the ``intensive therapy'' was aimed almost exclusively at preventing the reoccurrence of sexually inappropriate behaviors that may have resulted from his molestation when he was a small child in Ohio.

 

``Gabriel Myers was not provided specific and upfront therapy to deal with identified trauma, possible post-traumatic stress disorder, and depression,'' the report says.
The use of psychiatric drugs among children in state care is widespread.

 


Records updated by DCF last week show that, among children in state care aged 6-12, more than 22 percent are being given psychiatric drugs.

 


Almost one-third of the adolescents aged 13 to 17 are on psychiatric drugs, the updated records say.

 


Among the adolescents, close to four in 10 children in licensed foster care are on such drugs.
The smallest percentage of adolescents taking psychiatric drugs, 12 percent, live with relatives or family friends.
For almost a decade, children's advocates have maintained that Florida has used potentially dangerous psychiatric drugs as ``chemical restraints'' on children who endured hellish abuse and neglect -- and act out, sometimes violently, as a result.
``It's heartening that they are admitting what has long been the agency's dirty little secret,'' said Coral Springs attorney and children's advocate Andrea Moore, who told a DCF Broward administrator in 2001 that doctors were concocting mental health diagnoses for foster kids to justify using unnecessary drugs.

 


Among the report's other findings:

 


Foster children being administered psychiatric drugs with federal ``black box'' warnings of potentially dangerous side effects are not ``adequately monitored'' by foster parents, doctors or caseworkers. The children are not well-informed or involved in decisions about their medication.

 


Caregivers for the state's foster children are not required to report adverse incidents arising from psychotropic medication.
Psychiatrists and pediatricians ``often lack [a] medical history'' for the foster children they treat, ``yet still prescribe medications.''

 


Biographical, medical and educational information contained in the Florida Safe Families Network, DCF's statewide child-welfare database, is ``frequently incomplete and inaccurate.''

 


A ``significant'' number of dependent children have been given psychiatric drugs without the informed consent of a parent or judge, as state law requires. ``Too often, parents and/or the court are unaware of critical issues involving medications, procedures are not followed, and documentation requirements are ignored.''

 


Mental healthcare for foster children is ``fragmented,'' poorly funded and often does not include caregivers, who receive little to no training. Disabled children in state care often are excluded from mental healthcare because Medicaid will not pay for therapies specially geared to children with intellectual impairments.

 


The state has failed to implement recommendations from prior task forces that studied the deaths of foster children or the use of psychiatric drugs. Indeed, DCF has failed to even assign ``responsibility'' or ``accountability'' for implementing such reports.

 


``Let's just hope they don't put this on a shelf and ignore it like all the other reports,'' Moore said.


 

 

Friday, August 07, 2009

new psychiatric drug search engine

 

 

CHRINT Announces FDA Reported Psychiatric Drug Side Effects Search Engine

Citizens Commission on Human Rights International Announces FDA Reported Psychiatric Drug Side Effects Search Engine: Decrypted FDA reports reveal 4,260 suicides, 2,452 additional deaths, 195 homicides from 2004-2006 alone

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) August 4, 2009 -- For the first time the side effects of psychiatric drugs that have been reported to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by doctors, pharmacists, other health care providers and consumers have been decrypted from the FDA's MedWatch reporting system and been made available to the public in an easy to search psychiatric drug side effects database and search engine. The database is provided as a free public service by the mental health watchdog, Citizens Commission on Human Rights International (CCHR).

The report totals reveal that between 2004-2008 the FDA's MedWatch system received pregnancy-related psychiatric drug adverse reaction reports which included 2,442 babies born with heart disease, 3,372 other birth defects, as well as 1,072 miscarriages, abortions and other deaths.

The database also reveals that, between 2004-2008 there were reports submitted to MedWatch including 4,895 suicides, 3,908 cases of aggression, 309 homicides and 6,945 cases of diabetes from people taking psychiatric drugs. These numbers reflect only a small percentage of the actual side effects occurring in the consumer market, as the FDA has admitted that only 1-10% of side effects are ever reported to the FDA.

The database is searchable by individual reports (for the 2004-2006 period), type of drug, age of patient, the side effect reported (suicide, homicide, heart attack, stroke, mania, etc.), and whether the drug in question carries a black box warning (the agency's strongest warning--short of banning a drug).

It is searchable by drug name and age group and includes who reported the psychiatric drug reaction (doctor, pharmacist, consumer, etc.). It also includes the top 20 reported adverse reactions to all psychiatric drugs to the FDA and combined summaries of all psychiatric drug reactions for the years 2004-2006 and 2004-2008.

Since the reform of the Prescription Drug User Fee Act (PDUFA) in 2007, ads for psychiatric and other drugs must include statements encouraging consumers to report adverse drug reactions to the FDA's MedWatch system--Adverse Events Reporting System (AERS). However, consumers or doctors attempting to access the AERS online were confounded by a system so complex that it was impossible to use. Although the FDA should have made the information collected readily accessible, it failed in that duty to the public. It took a computer programmer over 1,000 hours to decipher four years' worth of data to make this information available.

The programmer identified the main psychiatric drugs in the AERS, wading through quarterly reports of seven different reporting systems, including the drug name, demographics, adverse reactions, patient outcomes, reporting source, therapy start and end dates and the indication (diagnosis). The result: A database and search engine that unravels the 94,000 pages of codified psychiatric drug adverse reactions reported each year from 2004-2006 and 2004-2008 to the FDA's MedWatch system.

Reporting of adverse reactions to psychiatric drugs by doctors, pharmacists, other health care providers and consumers once those drugs are out in the consumer market, is fundamental to drug safety monitoring. Yet these reports have been frequently ignored or dismissed as "anecdotal" by the FDA even when serious side effects number in the thousands. The FDA approves the majority of psychiatric drugs only after Phase 2 (short term) clinical trials. However, once the drugs are out in the consumer market, the FDA is supposed to require longer clinical trials, or post-marketing studies of the drugs, however this rarely happens. Subsequently, dangerous and deadly drugs have been left without black box warnings, or on the market for far too long. The best "signal" event for the FDA to direct its resources in identifying or pulling dangerous drugs is what is happening out in the real world, with consumers and patients, not in a controlled short term clinical trial, funded by the pharmaceutical companies seeking approval for their drugs to go to market.

For years the information contained in the FDA's MedWatch reporting system has been inaccessible and therefore virtually useless for consumers and doctors. CCHR's stance has always been that consumers have the right to this information for then ̶ and only then ̶ can consumers have full "informed consent" regarding the risks of psychiatric drugs, and so it has provided this database as a free public service.

The psychiatric drug search engine features a promotional video as well as an instructional video for users on CCHR's newly launched website so they can get the information from the database they are looking for in the shortest amount of time.

About The Citizens Commission on Human Rights:

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights is a mental health watchdog co-founded in 1969 by Professor of Psychiatry Emeritus Thomas Szasz and the Church of Scientology. It is a non-profit, non political, non-religious organization that has been responsible for more than 100 reforms that help protect patients rights against abuses in the field of mental health. For more information about CCHR go to http://www.cchrint.org