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    Default Big Pharma's Dangerous Drive To Push Meds On Little Kids

    (Although the article didn't have a proper byline, it seems the credit goes to Walter Armstrong, Deputy Editor of The Fix.)

    Drug giants spend billions a year promoting their pills to children, ignoring FDA rules. Johnson & Johnson even advertises its latest anti-psychotic on Legos, ignoring evidence that the drug leads to diabetes and wild weight gain and sprouts breast in boths boys and girls.

    In the past decade, America's pharmaceutical industry has knowingly marketed dozens of dangerous drugs to millions of children, a group that executives apparently view as a lucrative, untapped market for their products. Most kids have no one to look out for their interests except anxious parents who put their trust in doctors. But that trust is often misplaced. Big Pharma spends massive amounts to entertain physicians, send them on luxury vacations, and ply them with an endless supply of free products. As a result, hundreds of thousands of American kids—some as young as three years old—have become dependent on amphetamines like Adderall and a pharmacopeia of other drugs that are meant to treat depression, insomnia, aggression and other mental health disorders.

    Read more: http://www.thefix.com/content/jj-sued-illegal-promotion-drugs-kids
    Last edited by Islander; 09-07-11 at 09:37 PM.

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