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Selling Marked Up Drugs with Made Up Patients-- Part Two

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by  Martha Rosenberg and Evelyn Pringle



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No drug ads or Pharma sponsors dot the website of the Child & Adolescent Bipolar Foundation which has renamed itself the Zen-like "Balanced Mind Foundation." (Meditation/medication--same idea, right?) Instead, visitors to the site will find slick slide shows, tales of children saved by bipolar drugs and a list of donor families. But according to the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry the actual guidelines the Balanced Mind Foundation uses to discern bipolar disorder in children and adolescents were funded by Abbott, AstraZeneca, Eli Lilly, Forest, Janssen, Novartis and Pfizer. Oops.


The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the group that produces the journal, is also viewed as a possible  Pharma front organization.  Its journal is where Paxil's "study 329," which buried the suicide risks of the antidepressant in adolescents leading to wide use, appeared. Court proceedings brought by the New York Attorney General in 2004 revealed the research was not even written by the 22 doctors and researchers listed but by the marketing firm of GlaxoSmithKline who makes Paxil, Scientific Therapeutics Information. What?


"You did a superb job with this," wrote the paper's first so-called author, Brown University's Martin Keller to Scientific Therapeutics Information's ghostwriter Sally Laden. "It is excellent. Enclosed are rather minor changes from me."


Authors of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry's influential 2007 drug guidelines for very young children--"this will sometimes involve the use of medications," they presell--also had Pharma ties. Financial links were disclosed to Abbott, AstraZeneca, Boehringer-Ingelheim, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Cephalon, Eli Lilly, Forest Labs, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), several divisions of Johnson & Johnson, and ten other drug companies. In 2012 alone the Academy received $221,000 from Eli Lilly for research, an "outreach program" and a conference reception.


Children are forced by school personnel to take their drugs," says former drug rep Gwen Olsen, author of Confessions of a Drug Pusher. "They are forced by their parents to take their drugs, and they are forced by their doctors to take their drugs. So, children are the ideal patient-type because they represent refilled prescription compliance and "longevity.'"

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Martha Rosenberg is an award-winning investigative public health reporter who covers the food, drug and gun industries. Her first book, Born With A Junk Food Deficiency: How Flaks, Quacks and Hacks Pimp The Public Health, is distributed by Random (more...)

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