"Purdue Pharma, the makers of the highly addictive painkiller OxyContin, is now running clinical tests to get the FDA to approve its use for kids as young as 6-years old.


Because the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act section 505A20 includes a little "gift": if drugmakers conduct clinical studies for their drugs with kids, they can get six more months of patent protection. So even if they don't even sell OxyContin to six year olds, just securing the extended patent, thanks to the massive monopoly rents given to drugs still on patent, Purdue is likely to profit massively. Lots of people are reasonably troubled by this:

"They are doing (the pediatric trial) for patent exclusivity, there's no doubt about it in my mind � not out of largesse," said Dr. Elliot Krane, director of pain management at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif..."

This is about as crazy as it gets, folks. How many young children could possibly be in need of a potent narcotic pain reliever like OxyContin? Not to mention the fact that this particular drug has been identified as one of the absolute most problematic in terms of drug abuse and death.

To say that the incentive for this kind of drug trial is questionable would be an understatement. It's downright abhorrent, and it speaks volumes about the ethics, or rather lack thereof, that drives the pharmaceutical industry as a whole." Mercola GlaxoSmithKline GUILTY in Largest Health Fraud Settlement in US History

This is a very interesting article that goes into all kinds of pharma fraud and abuse. It's bad enough when they take advantage of adults but now kids.

One of our kids was recently given a prescription for oxy at the dentist for her braces which is ridiculous. I had braces and didn't need oxy to get through the day. Beware of this parents. It's everywhere!!!

"The Narconon Arrowhead drug rehabilitation program has recently uncovered a new pattern since prescription opiates have increasingly become the first drug used by many young people. This pattern is backed up by government surveyed results. According to Michael Botticelli, Director of the Massachusetts Bureau of Substance Abuse, prescription drugs now equal marijuana as entry-level drugs.

"Sadly, prescription medications have become the newest of the gateway drugs. Sadder still are the losses of life and other severe consequences that go hand in hand with drug abuse, which is especially the case with prescription drug abuse."

Hallmark adds that those addicted to prescriptions will often end up needing treatment or will even start taking illicit drugs. One of the most common examples of this is the connection between those addicted to painkillers that then start taking heroin..."

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