AHRP
Alliance for Human Research Protection
May 20, 2010

One-in-four American children are being prescribed adult drugs for chronic adult diseases.


MEDCO Drug Trend report (2010): children who are covered by health insurance are the drug industry's fastest growing market.

In 2009, prescription drug use for U.S. children increased by 5%, while prescription drug spending for children increased 10.8%

According to MEDCO, the growth in prescription drug use among American children was nearly four times higher than the rise seen in the overall population.

"While H1N1 caused a spike in antiviral use among children last year, the far more alarming trend since the beginning of the decade is the increasing use of medications taken by children on a regular basis and in some cases, for conditions that we don't often associate with youth, such as type 2 diabetes," said Dr. Robert S. Epstein, Medco's chief medical officer and president of the Medco Research Institute."

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Avandia trial "risky", group claims

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PharmacyEurope

May 17, 2010

An ongoing trial of GlaxoSmithKline's Avandia puts patients' lives at risk and should be stopped immediately, a US pressure group has claimed.

Public Citizen said the diabetes drug, which has been investigated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the past over allegations it increased the risk of heart attack and chest pain, had an "unfavourable" risk profile and it urged the regulator to bring an end to the test.

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TIME
May. 17, 2010
Study: A Link Between Pesticides and ADHD
By Alice Park

Studies linking environmental substances to disease are coming fast and furious. Chemicals in plastics and common household goods have been associated with serious developmental problems, while a long inventory of other hazards are contributing to rising rates of modern ills: heart disease, obesity, diabetes, autism.

Add attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) to the list. A new study in the journal Pediatrics associates exposure to pesticides with cases of ADHD in the U.S. and Canada. In the U.S. alone, an estimated 4.5 million children ages 5 to 17 have been diagnosed with ADHD, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and rates of diagnosis have risen 3% a year between 1997 and 2006. Increasingly, research suggests that chemical influences, perhaps in combination with other environmental factors -- like video games, hyperkinetically edited TV shows and flashing images in educational DVDs aimed at infants -- may be contributing to the increase in attention problems.(See pictures of a school for autistic children.)

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The one click group
May 4th, 2010
  the raw story
US school for disabled forces students to wear packs that deliver massive electric shocks
By Diana Sweet

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Mental Disability Rights International (MDRI) has filed a report and urgent appeal with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture alleging that the Judge Rotenberg Center for the disabled, located in Massachusetts, violates the UN Convention against Torture.

The rights group submitted their report this week, titled "Torture not Treatment: Electric Shock and Long-Term Restraint in the United States on Children and Adults with Disabilities at the Judge Rotenberg Center," after an in-depth investigation revealed use of restraint boards, isolation, food deprivation and electric shocks in efforts to control the behaviors of its disabled and emotionally troubled students.

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Winnipeg Free Press
May 4, 2010
Parents with more education less likely to let their daughters get HPV shots
By Helen Branswell, Medical Reporter, The Canadian Press

TORONTO - It might seem counterintuitive but it also appears to be true: Parents with more education were less likely to get their daughters vaccinated against HPV during the first year of British Columbia's free school-based program, a new study shows.

The finding of the study, published Tuesday in the journal PLoS Medicine, adds to a growing body of evidence that suggests vaccination efforts are being eroded not by people who are under-educated, but by upper-middle class folks with degrees.

"I think it's the combination of people who are used to making decisions, people who believe they can become experts by reading things on the Internet which would trump what public health officials or academics or doctors are saying," vaccine expert Dr. Paul Offit said when asked to comment on the study.

"They're used to making choices in their jobs and in their life, one. And two, they make those choices based on information. And the information that one gets here probably is primarily through places like the Internet, which is a source of both good and bad information about vaccines."

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The Sydney Morning Herald
May 4, 2010
WA launches flu vaccine inquiry
By CORTLAN BENNETT

The West Australian government has launched an inquiry into the flu vaccinations that caused adverse reactions in hundreds of children across the nation.

WA Health Minister Kim Hames said the inquiry would scrutinise systems used to identify public health risks, including vaccine side-effects and disease outbreaks, after criticism of the government's slow response.

Last month, seasonal flu shots caused adverse reactions in 251 children under five in WA, with 55 suffering convulsions and 196 suffering fevers and vomiting.

WA was the first state to suspend the vaccination program, which was put on hold nationally the next day after children in other states and territories reported severe side-effects.

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The Huffington Post
May 5, 2010
Shiv Chopra
Microbiologist and human rights activist
Posted: May 3, 2010 11:47 AM

I am one of many million Indians who during the last couple of hundred years settled abroad. I have lived in Canada for the last 50 years. Coming here initially as a post-graduate student of agro-medical sciences I made it my home in 1960. Since then, I earned a Masters and Ph.D. in microbiology and a fellowship of the World Health Organization in international safety and efficacy standards for vaccines. During 1969-2004 I worked as a senior food and drug regulator at Health Canada. I was partly responsible for the Canadian rejection of rBGH.

Canada may not be richest country on earth but it is pretty close to it. With vast amounts of arable land, fresh water and well educated farmers it can feed its entire population of 33 million on the healthiest of food. But, it does not. Another country that comes close to Canada in this regard is its next door neighbor and closest trading partner -- the United States. Most food in both these countries is heavily contaminated with hormones, antibiotics, slaughterhouse wastes, Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) and pesticides. Due partly to these substances in food production there occurs in both these countries a greater and greater incidence of food-borne disease (FBD). The types of FBD that these products induce include cancer, antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections, neurological conditions, including Bovine Spongiform Disease (BSE), Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD), diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular, immune, reproductive, neurological and various other disorders.

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U.S. Supreme Court

May 03, 2010

BY CHRIS RIZO

WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) -The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday dealt pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc. a major legal blow, rejecting its appeal of a securities lawsuit over its pain medication Celebrex.

Plaintiffs in the case alleged that Pfizer's Pharmacia unit deliberately withheld the conclusions of a study showing that there was no advantage to using Celebrex over similar, less expensive drugs.

Urging dismissal of the lawsuit, Pfizer said investors filed their lawsuit after the two-year statute of limitations expired. For their part, plaintiffs said they did not know Pfizer may have broken the law until an August 2001 story in the Washington Post revealed the possible fraud.

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News with Views

By Sarah Foster
May 4, 2010


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WASHINGTON - Last week and over the weekend, the Internet was buzzing about a heretofore undetected provision Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., had slipped into the Wall Street financial reform bill that the House passed in December - a provision critics warned could devastate the nutritional supplement industry with excessive regulations, driving up the costs of supplements or removing them from the market altogether.

"The Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2009 (H.R. 4173) ...includes language going far beyond finance," the Alliance for Natural Health-USA, a D.C.-based health freedom advocacy group, stated in an April 27 report, with the warning: "This language could be used for an end run around the Dietary Supplement Health and Safety Act (DSHEA), the legislation that governs dietary supplement regulation by the FDA."

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AlterNet

By Marla Cone, Environmental Health News

Posted on April 14, 2010, Printed on May 4, 2010

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Warning that the powerful poisons can endanger dogs and cats, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will require new instructions and labeling for on-spot flea products.

The products, including the popular Frontline and Advantage brands, are small vials of liquid pesticides that pet owners apply monthly to the backs of dogs or cats to kill fleas and ticks. The EPA began investigating the products after discovering a sharp rise in the number of pets reported to be sick after they were treated.

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