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Federal Court OKs Big Pharma’s Reps to Push Unapproved Drugs
by Ali Papademetriou
It’s no secret that millions of Americans are prescribed an array of pharmaceutical drugs to “treat” a variety of conditions. It’s also been brought to surface in recent years just how corrupt the industry really is, and how medical professionals and psychiatrists are bribed big bucks to prescribe their patients pills that they might not even need, all for the cause of making a sleazy profit.
The federal government has been a big help for Big Pharma on many levels. After all, the pharmaceutical industry and ever-growing biotechnology industry (which is developing more and more drugs recently and collaborating with the pharmaceutical industry) have close ties with Washington.
One of the most corrupt scandals the federal government and pharmaceutical industry has been getting away with started back in the 90’s with the school system. For the past couple of decades, school administrators, teachers and psychologists have been threatening repercussions on both students and parents if they do not oblige with the school’s request to medicate the student with psychotropic drugs for behavioral issues such as Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder.
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of 1990 granted children with disabilities special services. When it was first drafted, IDEA did not include children with ADHD as being eligible to fit the program’s criteria. Although, after a complex lobbying campaign the following year, the Department of Education pushed a Policy Clarification Memorandum, which mandated that schools include ADHD as a disability that be covered by IDEA.
So how exactly did the diagnosing ADHD craze come about? When IDEA allowed the federal government to fund public schools $400 per year for each child in special education.
Michigan parent, Lawrence Smith lost his 14-year-old son of a heart attack after long-term use of a drug that was prescribed to him through his school. Smith was told, “If we didn’t consider drugging our son after the school had diagnosed him with ADHD that we could be charged for neglecting his educational and emotional needs. If we hadn’t been pressured by the school system, Matthew would still be alive today.” Showing a clear relationship between the federal government, Big Pharma, and the public school system.
Similarly, Pennsylvania mother, Vicky Dunkle lost her 10-year-old daughter, Shaina to convulsions as a result of taking a similar medication as Matthew. “If I had followed my heart instead of the advice of ‘professionals’ that thought they knew my daughter better than I did, my precious Shaina would be alive now.”
Now, Big Pharma is getting away with another huge scandal that could potentially affect a lot of patients, and it’s getting the OK directly from the feds. A federal appeals court has granted pharmaceutical representatives the ability to push drugs that have not yet been approved by the Food and Drug Administration. As it’s not the job of the federal government to approve food or medication anyway, this headache is just proof of the corruption within the government itself. It says something has to be regulated, and then because of crony profiting purposes, it allows its very own laws to be breached.
As Natural News reported, a representative from Ireland-based Biopharmaceutical Company, Jazz Pharmaceuticals, who was originally charged with illegally marketing off-label used prescription medications, has been lifted of the crime after a federal appeals court in New York ruled his offense as just “free speech”.
Now after a small judiciary panel gave the OK, drug reps can now persuade doctors to prescribe medications for uses that have been unapproved. Regardless of the corruption within the system, being that this actually takes away some regulation could prove victory for liberty advocates and small businesses trying to sell a product that has been approved by another small business or organization, rather than the government, such as the herbal and natural remedy industry.