Pfizer and GlaxoSmithKline Help Send Kids To Prison
June 1st, 2006
In 2003, the pharmaceutical industry
passed out $16.4 billion worth of free drug samples to doctors. These
so-called free samples are literally killing people. Two young lads who
were lucky enough to get free samples of Zoloft are now sitting in
After visits to their family
doctors, Christopher Pittman and Zachary Schmidkunz were both sent home
with a bag of Zoloft samples with no warnings about the drug's side
effects. They both went on to commit murder, were sent to prison, and
are now waiting for hearings on their appeals.
These lethal selective serotonin
reuptake inhibitor antidepressants (SSRIs) are being passed out to kids
like candy. Dr Thomas Moore, MD, with the Drug Safety Research group,
conducted a study on the use of antidepressant drugs with children that
showed that in the 4-period of 1998 to 2001, the use of SSRIs with
children doubled and in 90% of the cases the drugs were prescribed
off-label to kids for uses not approved by the FDA.
For instance, among boys 6 to 12
years old, 52% of the prescriptions were written for treating attention
deficit or conduct disorders, and typically, Dr. Moore says, in
combination with an antipsychotic or a stimulant.
There is "no scientific evidence
that says that combination therapy is effective in these disorders and I
know of no evidence that it is safe either," he says.