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Psychiatrists, Children and Drug Industry’s Role

Posted on 05/09/2007 11:35:19 PM PDT by neverdem

When Anya Bailey developed an eating disorder after her 12th birthday, her mother took her to a psychiatrist at the University of Minnesota who prescribed a powerful antipsychotic drug called Risperdal.

Created for schizophrenia, Risperdal is not approved to treat eating disorders, but increased appetite is a common side effect and doctors may prescribe drugs as they see fit. Anya gained weight but within two years developed a crippling knot in her back. She now receives regular injections of Botox to unclench her back muscles. She often awakens crying in pain.

Isabella Bailey, Anya’s mother, said she had no idea that children might be especially susceptible to Risperdal’s side effects. Nor did she know that Risperdal and similar medicines were not approved at the time to treat children, or that medical trials often cited to justify the use of such drugs had as few as eight children taking the drug by the end.

Just as surprising, Ms. Bailey said, was learning that the university psychiatrist who supervised Anya’s care received more than...


The reaction was rare but not unknown. Atypicals have side effects that are not easy to predict in any one patient. These include rapid weight gain and blood sugar problems, both risk factors for diabetes; disfiguring tics, dystonia and in rare cases heart attacks and sudden death in the elderly.

In 2006, the Food and Drug Administration received reports of at least 29 children dying and at least 165 more suffering serious side effects in which an antipsychotic was listed as the “primary suspect.” That was a substantial jump from 2000, when there were at least 10 deaths and 85 serious side effects among children linked to the drugs. Since reporting of bad drug effects is mostly voluntary, these numbers likely represent a fraction of the toll.

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: antipsychotics; atypicals; health; medicine
These atypical antipsychotics need much more research, IMHO.
1 posted on 05/09/2007 11:35:22 PM PDT by neverdem
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I won't jump through any hoops; I don't want your cookie; I don't WANT to be a member; I just want to read the article.

For believers of the FREE PRESS you guys sure are making a mockery of it. And you wonder why your readership is down. DOH!

2 posted on 05/10/2007 12:46:52 AM PDT by philman_36
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Why should a publisher give you what you want for free?

3 posted on 05/10/2007 6:04:42 AM PDT by Uncledave
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Why should a publisher give you what you want for free?
It's not what I want, it's what they want. They want me to read the article.
I'm making my stipulations. I'm not registering or bypassing their registration process. You can do what you want.

You actually pay to read them? Poor you.

4 posted on 05/10/2007 9:44:33 AM PDT by philman_36
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No, I don’t pay them a cent. And I don’t register for them. I thought you had a problem with them *asking* for the money and data. No worries, mate.

5 posted on 05/10/2007 10:26:08 AM PDT by Uncledave
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No worries, mate.
"Boing" goes the 'roo bars!
6 posted on 05/10/2007 11:07:25 AM PDT by philman_36
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