I recently received a journal watch for May 11, 2007 in my email today.
LINKS BETWEEN INDUSTRY PAYMENTS AND THE USE OF ANTIPSYCHOTICS IN CHILDREN PROBED....
Industry payments to Minnesota psychiatrists for speaking engagements and other activities rose sixfold from 2000 to 2005, while prescriptions of antipsychotics to children in the state's medicaid program rose nine-fold, the New York Times Reports.
The story examines general trends in the use, often off-label, of atypical antipsychotics in children, and it focuses on Medicaid data from Minnesota between 2000 and 2005 because its the one states that requires disclosure of industry payments to physicians.
Among the Time's findings:
Psychiatrists who recieved $5000 or more from manufacturers of atypical antipsychotics on average wrote three times as many prescriptions for those drugs in children as those who recieved under that amount.
Psychiatrists received a median of $1750 each from industry from 2000 to 2005, more than any other medical specialty in Minnesota.
The cost to the state of antipsychotic drugs used in children increased 14-fold from 2000 to 2005 from $521,000 5o $7.1 million.
The Times quotes Steven Hyman, former director of NIMH: There's an irony that psychiatrists ask patients to have insights into themselves, but we don't connect the wires in our own lives about how money is affecting our profession and putting our patient's at risk"
An abstract available to view and read enlightens the statistics much more is found in a Journal Watch Psychiatry on treating children with antipsychotics... http://psychiatry.jwatch.org/cgi/conten ... 2006/621/1
Parents really need to be vigilant in making sure that their children are being treated appropriately, only taking medications as a last resort, and research their children's illness and seek out ALL the options for their children and their well-being. Be aware of the studies out there and what it could mean for their child/children.
These articles really shed a different light on whether our children need these drugs or is it because of some type of payment or kickback that is promoting the drug use by such methods as this. These are just a few of the statistics since Minnesota is monitored but what is happening in our other states????? If this has become 6-fold here, multiply that by 51 other states. That number is staggering!
Certainly gives more food for thought in protecting our children and making sure that they are being treated for optimal living and not money padding someone elses pockets.