Two-thirds foster care children in Mass on psych drugs_Globe Psychiatry: Soviet Experience–American Fallacy Wed, 11 Aug 2004 The Boston Globe reports that 2/3 of children in state care in Massachusetts are being “treated” for mental illness with psychotropic drugs. Marie Parente, a legislator, and parents call for disclosure of “how many children in state care…

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Infomail 2005 News Stories on Human Research Protection and Commentary by Vera Hassner Sharav Subscribe to the AHRP infomail list Dec 16: Drugs, Devices & Doctors – NYT Paul Krugman Dec 11: Scientific Fraud & Corruption on Both sides of Atlantic: Merck / Proctor & Gamble Dec 11: Gov Accountability Project Creates "FactSquad" on Rx…

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UK: ADHD advice secretly paid for by drugs companies Sun, 09 Oct 2005 The phenomenal marketing of ADHD in the US is credited mainly to the combined effort of CHADD, a family “advocacy” group and manufacturers of drugs prescribed for ADHD which fund CHADD. They are: Novartis (Ritalin), Shire (Adderral), Eli Lilly (Strattera). The modus…

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Protecting Human Subjects in Research: Are Current Safeguards Adequate? AHRP Testimony submitted to Congressional Committee April 23, 2002 Vera Hassner Sharav, President, and John H. Noble, Jr., Ph.D., steering committee member, The Alliance for Human Research Protection (AHRP), before the Subcommittee on Public Health, Committee on Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions, United States Senate at…

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Drug safety Hearings-Sept-Congress/ FDA – Lilly Plans to Disclose Data Tue, 3 Aug 2004 A hearing about the possible connection between suicide and antidepressant drugs will be held on Aug 4, by the California Senate by Sen. Tom Torkalson, chairman of the Senate Task Force on Youth and Workplace Wellness and Sen. Deborah Ortiz, Chair…

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Researcher To Be Sacked After Reporting High Rates of ADHD – BMJ Sun, 10 Apr 2005 The BMJ reports that Dr. Gretchen LeFever, a clinical psychologist and professor at Eastern Virginia Medical School, whose published reports (since 1995) have raised the alarm about a spiraling increase in elementary school children being diagnosed with ADHD, and…

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ADHD drug – Cylert withdrawn from market due to Liver Toxicity, a Major Risk of Psychotropic Drugs Tue, October 25, 2005 The FDA announced that another drug prescribed for ADHD–Cylert–was removed from the US market for safety reasons. On September 25, 2005, the Associated Press reported: “Eli Lilly said it provided the FDA results from…

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Infomail 2005 News Stories on Human Research Protection and Commentary by Vera Hassner Sharav Subscribe to the AHRP infomail list Dec 16: Drugs, Devices & Doctors – NYT Paul Krugman Dec 11: Scientific Fraud & Corruption on Both sides of Atlantic: Merck / Proctor & Gamble Dec 11: Gov Accountability Project Creates “FactSquad” on Rx…

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Leading ADHD Researcher Blows Whistle on Concerta & CHADD Fri, 3 Dec 2004 A newly released report by the Center for Disease Control – Health US 2004–reveals how effective the pharmaceutical industry is in marketing its drugs – whether or not they are beneficial; whether or not they cause severe harm–they sell. Antidepressants showed the…

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Did Zoloft make him do it? FDA Zoloft data Tue, 8 Feb 2005 At issue beyond a Charlsteon, SC court, is whether Christopher Pittman – who was 12 years old and under the influence of Zoloft, a powerful psychotropic drug, when he killed his grandparents–should have been charged with murder and tried as a competent…

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Lilly Consultants dismiss significance of suicide risk while Lilly will issue Black Box warning label for Strattera Mon, 10 Oct 2005 On September 29, the FDA issued the public health advisory alerting health care professionals that children and adolescents taking Strattera prescribed for ADHD should be closely monitored for changes in behavior after an analysis…

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Instead of a War against Drugs, Children Riddled with Psych Drugs Tue, 14 Jan 2003 In his 1994 book, The War on Children, psychiatrist, Dr. Peter Breggin exposed the practice of prescribing psychiatric drugs as a method for controlling children’s behavior. Dr. Breggin was reviled by the psychiatric establishment, even threatened. A comprehensive study conducted…

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