Suffer the Little Children in the Research for Cures_USA Today Thu, 29 May 2003 USA Today focuses on safety issues affecting children who are being sought as human guinea pigs by the thousands. They are being recruited clinical trials to test new drugs– whose safety is unproven. “Was the death of Ryan Lucio — and…

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AstraZeneca Pleads Guilty in Criminal Cancer Medicine Scheme Sun, 22 Jun 2003 AstraZeneca agreed to a $355 million settlement in civil and criminal charges. Government prosecutors found that AstraZeneca reported to the government that the average wholesale price for a monthly dose of the prostate cancer drug, Zoladex, was about $300. But doctors who dispensed…

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Wyeth Pharma Warns Doctors Against Rx Effexor to Kids Tue, 2 Sep 2003 View Wyeth Warning Letter The Hartford Courant reports that the latest warning against prescribing an antidepressant drug for children comes from Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, makers of Effexor, a drug just like Prozac, Zoloft, and Paxil–a class known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors class…

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Senator Jeff Bingaman resolution: Review military vaccine program Thu, 4 Dec 2003 After months of denial, on Nov. 19, the Pentagon acknowledged that multiple vaccines may have caused the death of Army nurse Rachael Lacy, who died in April after receiving shots for anthrax, smallpox and three other diseases. Critics have noted a growing number…

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Drugging Our Kids – New American Mon, 25 Aug 2003 A powerful article in the current New American holds a mirror to the irresponsible medical involvement of school officials and what has become common practice of forcing children to swallow psychotropic drugs. “Despite the dangers posed by drugs such as Ritalin, some schools are threatening…

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Congressional Investigation of NIH: Cash Gifts From Grantees Tue, 8 Jul 2003 The Scientist reports that a Congressional committee is investigating the for “possible violations of federal criminal and ethics laws” involving Richard Klausner (former director of the National Cancer Institute) and other officials who accepted “lecture awards” and other cash gifts from universities and…

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October 18, 2002. Pediatric Drug Tests_CNN / NYT Editorial Children are increasingly being exploited for profit by the biomedical industry. Between 1983 and 1997, children had been protected from medical experiments that are not in their best interest. But in 1997 Congress passed the FDA Modernization Act (FDAMA), providing a six-month extension on patent exclusivity…

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Vaccines the culprit – Not-So-Crackpot Autism Theory – NYT Sun, 10 Nov 2002 A report in Sunday’s NY Times Magazine (excerpt below) reveals as much about the culture of arrogance exhibited by those who formulate public health policy, as it does about the link (long-denied) between a vaccine preservative containing mercury (thimoerosal), and autism. During…

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Bill Introduced to Make ORCA Independent of VA Thu, 10 Apr 2003 Anyone who is even slightly familiar with the problems undermining the safety of human subjects in clinical research knows that conflicts of interest and the absence of independent oversight are at the root of most problems. The Veterans Administration research facilities have a…

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When Doctors Go to Class, Industry Often Foots the Bill – WSJ Fri, 6 Dec 2002 A front page article in The Wall Street Journal by Scott Hensley sheds further light on the corruption of medical ethics by focusing on a drug marketing ploy that is promoted as “continuing medical education”(CME). CME courses have been…

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Take Action: Just Say No to Stigmatizing Screening and Unsafe Drugs Tue, 26 Oct 2004 FYI /ACTION! AHRP believes that America’s school children should not be screened and labeled without a guarantee of the proven accuracy of the screening tool, and the proven safety and therapeutic value of the treatment prescribed–the risks for harm are…

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