Where’s the Outrage?

Via elephant journal
on Jul 2, 2012
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Purdue Pharma is testing Oxy on children in an effort to get approval for ages 6 and up.” Oh, when businesses lose their way, and forget about their mission (to be of benefit, the Hippocratic Oath) in pursuit of ever-greater riches.


Excerpt via The Daily:

OxyContin maker wants FDA backing to label addictive drug for 6-year-olds:

“The family-owned pharmaceutical company earned an estimated $2.8 billion in revenue last year from sales of the powerful opioid, part of the same drug family as morphine and heroin…The Purdue trial involves 154 children ages 6 to 16 and is slated for completion in August of next year, according to a filing submitted to the FDA. The document says that the study is currently recruiting participants.”

“There’s good medical evidence that suggests a brain that’s not fully mature is at greater risk at developing the disease of addiction,” said Andrew Kolodny, president of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing and the head of psychiatry at Maimonides Medical Center in New York City. The pediatric community underestimates those risks, he said, because they have given too much credence to drugmakers, who have systematically downplayed the dangers.

“Much of that misinformation (came from a) campaign funded by Purdue.” …Click here to read the rest at the Daily.


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2 Responses to “Where’s the Outrage?”

  1. slsimms says:

    Completely dislike! The child's body is still developing and growing…why would you pump drugs into their body?

  2. elephantjournal says:

    Christine: Gotta get them hooked when they're young. They've already got them on amphetamines – now it's time to start them on opiates. They'll have life long customers.
    Monday at 9:16pm · Like · 1
    Patricia Kelley WTF? That is outrageous…it's not enough that more people die of prescribed opiates now than from street drugs–and that kids use opiates as a gateway to heroin? F'n Big Pharma…and their incestuous relationship with FDA. Where is the outrage anyway?
    Monday at 9:34pm · Like
    Kimberly Perez Incredibly sad. As a post-partum nurse, I already see too many women using "prescriptive" pain medicine during pregnancy and these newborns truly suffer after birth with withdrawals. It breaks my heart and most of the time the mothers have not been educated at all about the effects of their medication use on their babies. And these infants end up in the intensive care separated from their mothers. Not good. Not we will just be handing it out to 6 year olds? This creates such a deep sense of sadness within me for these innocent/vulnerable children. I struggle having a background in holistic/botanical/energy medicine while working in allopathic setting (hospital) and knowing there are plentiful alternatives to prescribed pain medication.
    Monday at 11:14pm · Like
    Erin Hansbrough Oh, the outrage is here, at least where I live. In New Mexico, we've got some of the highest opiate-related death rates in the nation; and of course a large number of them are teenagers. It's hard to know where to take this outrage, though–as long as profit is a motive, the people who sit in the decision-making positions don't care. It is no joke or exaggeration: these companies value money over people's lives. Even, apparently, 6 year-old people.

    Rebecca Powell Except it doesn't matter one iota if parents ask questions and hold doctors accountable!!! It is wholly irrelevant what these companies market if we choose not to participate in their scheme!