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Maker of Anti Depressants Charged with Fraud

Oops. I guess drug maker Forest Labs didn't know it was illegal to actively market to pediatricians anti-depressants that were only approved for adult use. But it is. Especially when the company knows (and for years has hidden this knowledge) that "the drugs were not effective in children and might even pose risks to them, including causing some to become suicidal." (NYT)

And, I guess they also didn't know that it's illegal to give baseball tickets, gift certificates to expensive restaurants, and paid vacations to the doctors who prescribed them. But it is.

And, I guess they also didn't know that the Justice Department would actually pursue them for this. But it is.

From the complaint:

“Forest told prescribing physicians a half-truth and thereby prevented them and the public from having all potentially available information when making decisions about how to treat a serious medical condition in pediatric patients.”

According to the NYT, the government is seeking to recover up to three times the amount of money spent by federal programs to pay for pediatric prescriptions.

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Posted at 8:12 PM, Feb 27, 2009 in Corporate Abuse
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Shouldn't a prosecution follow a harm? The situation here is that depressed children got treatment and their rate of suicide was suppressed. When pediatricians were deterred by FDA black box warnings about suicidal ideas, many lost their anti-depressants. The previously falling rates of suicide in adolescents zoomed up. Thank the vile cult criminal lawyer. Lawyers that kill deserve no quarter.

I may begin to buy single shares of these companies to get standing. I would like to see these companies fight back. The federal thugs at DOJ are criminals. The counterattacks should begin with total e-discovery of their personal and work computers seeking improper motives. A public campaign to delegitimize these thugs should be undertaken. The same should follow for the pro-lawyer rent seeking judge after an adverse decision. As these vile cult criminals give no quarter, so should the aim be their total personal destruction. To deter.

If these cult criminals cannot be stopped within the legal system, there is full moral and intellectual justification for self-help by direct action patient groups. Take the pain to the vile cult criminal. Why should children suffer alone, and not take down these oppressors.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | February 27, 2009 9:44 PM

I just did a Medline search and found many articles that show that Lexapro and Celexa has great efficacy in pediatric populations. These are independent and are not funded by drug companies. One of the studies shows that children who are depressed because they have cancer do the best with lexapro.

The study that supposedly showed that it did not work was not a true study. It was a retrospective study that did not show statistical significance.

So now we have a drug that helps kids dying of cancer and now the company that makes it is getting sued becuase they dont have the indication. Way to go!

As physicians we used medication for purposes for which they do not have an official indication all the time. If something can help someone why do we have to wait until some private company can spend millions on it to get the FDA to approve it for that use. Aspirin is a great example. It prevents heart attacks, helps decrease heart damange in heart attacks and strokes and lastly can prolong life. Did the original maker of aspirin spend the millions to get it approved?

Gabapentin was an antisiezure drug. It is now used to help those with severe neuropathic pain. What happened, the company that made it sued the snot out of it. Why dont we allow drug companies to advertise like attorneys? "If you have a child who has cancer and is really depressed, call 1-800-555-5555, we may be able to help." Instead, the company has to stay quiet. Here is another one. Erbitux. The company that developed was not allowed to say that it helped in squamous cell cancer of the lungs, all it could say was that it did not work for rectal cancer.

Thank goodness for the Justice Deptartment, without them we might actually be able to use these new classes of medications to save lives.

Oh, the drug companies will not distibute free medications or release their investigational agents for non FDA indications now because of fear of lawsuits.

Posted by: throckmorton | February 28, 2009 5:23 PM

The doctors that treat children are on an avoid list for the makers of Lexapro. So family docs, pediatricians, child psychiatrists cannot ever get Lexapro samples for their indigent patients, even their adult ones. The fear is that samples may imply promotion in ages not approved by the worthless, doctor hating FDA. The FDA does not prosecute, but refers violations to the DOJ.

I have strongly urged the victims of these federal DOJ thugs to stand up to the bullies and cult criminals. Always legally attack the DOJ person, the supervisor and the department. For $10's of 1000's spent on a valid countersuit and demand for total e-discovery of all personal and work computers, one may generate $millions in defense costs at the DOJ because they do nothing well. The DOJ is one of the biggest consumers of child porn, biggest searchers for child porn, biggest credit card payers for child porn. One may find some. It is to be publicized to the press.

The $millions will always exceed the value of the thug to the government, and they will lose their jobs. These are rabid, flesh tearing minks bent on taking over clinical care. They never give quarter, and should never get it. They will attack an easy doctor for upcoding in violation of incomprehensible rules. These slow moving, lazy, do nothing, government workers do nothing about highly organized, well armed, paramilitary illegal alien drug gangs that behead anyone expressing disrespect. They may defend the rights of illegal alien drug dealers by prosecuting border guards defending our country. The DOJ are traitors to this country, deserving total resistance and legal counterattack. With Ivy twit Democrats now running the DOJ, taking them down with legal action has become the duty of all patriots.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | March 1, 2009 5:34 AM

Try being a eight or nine years old and pumped full of antidepressants two or three times a day for the entire duration of your childhood because your parents fail at raising kids. You walk around in a daze, you cry without reason, you get angry in a split second because someone looked at you the wrong way and you don't understand why. What an innovation.

So... anyone care to try and find out out how many children currently receiving psychiatric care come from abusive homes? How many go to school every day and get kicked and shoved into walls as they walk from class to class? How many of them have practically been raised by the local day care centers and YMCA's or have parent's that come home from work and don't give them a second glance? You probably won't find much on that. It makes too much sense.

Posted by: Survivor | March 4, 2009 9:46 PM

Try being a eight or nine years old and pumped full of antidepressants two or three times a day for the entire duration of your childhood because your parents fail at raising kids. You walk around in a daze, you cry without reason, you get angry in a split second because someone looked at you the wrong way and you don't understand why. What an innovation.

So... anyone care to try and find out out how many children currently receiving psychiatric care come from abusive homes? How many go to school every day and get kicked and shoved into walls as they walk from class to class? How many of them have practically been raised by the local day care centers and YMCA's or have parent's that come home from work and don't give them a second glance? You probably won't find much on that. It makes too much sense.

Psychiatry can hardly pass as "clinical" anything. It's not even a real science.

Posted by: Survivor | March 4, 2009 9:51 PM

Try being a eight or nine years old and pumped full of antidepressants two or three times a day for the entire duration of your childhood because your parents fail at raising kids. You walk around in a daze, you cry without reason, you get angry in a split second because someone looked at you the wrong way and you don't understand why. What an innovation.

So... anyone care to try and find out out how many children currently receiving psychiatric care come from abusive homes? How many go to school every day and get kicked and shoved into walls as they walk from class to class? How many of them have practically been raised by the local day care centers and YMCA's or have parent's that come home from work and don't give them a second glance? You probably won't find much on that. It makes too much sense.

Psychiatry can hardly pass as "clinical" anything. It's not even a real science.

Posted by: Survivor | March 4, 2009 9:53 PM

Before you call the DOJ thugs you might want to think about the facts. Information has been manipulated to point to the result that Forest Labs wanted the public to believe. I looked up the salaries of CEO's of different companies and the CEO of Forest Labs make up to 4 times as much as many companies you wouldn't think....McDonalds, Time-Warner. He makes 96 mil. per year. Who needs that much money? Over a more than 5 year period it has been found that they

Posted by: rockireindeer | March 13, 2009 7:28 PM

Forest Labs released studies that were positive and withheld studies that were negative. They also engaged in kickback activity to the point where there is actual evidence of it. How bad does the behavior have to be until you acknowledge that it is bad? What's one child's life worth? Have you ever taken Lexapro? I would recommend that you do before you judge how great it is. Yes, I bet the kids taking it feel happier. That is because they are high. I was prescribed Lexapro and am just happy to be able to have lived to tell the tale and can live outside of jail. My father

Posted by: rockireindeer | March 13, 2009 7:34 PM

was treated for depression in th 80's. He was given more than a dozen different med's, anti-dpressants, tranquilizers, etc. (including imapiramine) over a 3 year period. This "treatment" progressed him into extreme akathasia (maybe not known at that time) and finally an almost catatonic state. He then committed suicide by laying down in front of a freight train. I witnessed this situation from age 10 to age 13 when he killed himself. I then became anorexic and then bulimic. I have 4 brothers and 1 sister. In July of 2007

Posted by: rockireindeer | March 13, 2009 7:46 PM

My grandmother died, I had to put my dog to sleep that I had for 15 years after her being paralyzed for 6 mos., my husband's brother had a brain tumor operation that caused a stroke and he is now disabled and money problems. I am married to a passive-aggressive infuriating infantile acting man. We went to a marriage counselor and I started drinking too much. I got a drunk in public. The marriage counselor told me to go to the doctor to get medication for my OCD problems. (He is not a psychiatrist or MD but he knows I need medication?!?!?) I then went to the PCP and he gave me Lexapro. I received a DUI 20 days later. I could not stop drinking. He then gave me Campral (also manufactured by Forest Labs) and I went to rehab 2 day treatment and got anta-buse, because I could not stop drinking and was getting

Posted by: rockireindeer | March 13, 2009 7:54 PM

more & more anxious (akathasia) my blood pressure during this time went from (what it has been for the last 8 years) 120/80 to finally, after 6 mos. on Lexapro, 145/110. During this time, I received 2 more drunk in publics because I called the police on myself. I was also held in a psychiatric hospital for 2 days for attempting to kill myself. My husband then forced to to leave my job and go t rehab for 2 weeks. I told the psychiatrist there that I needed to get off of Lexapro, it was making me more & more anxious. He gave me another drug, BusBar, for anxiety. My OCD was getting worse, I was constantly thinking about suicide but I couldn't get myself off Lexapro. I tried numerous times. I called psychiatrists and told them I needed help with getting off Lexapro and they refused to see me b/c they said I had alcohol problems. 3 weeks after I got out of rehab, I got a second DUI, shoved

Posted by: rockireindeer | March 13, 2009 8:05 PM

the officer who gave it me and pinched another officer's but later. I got charged with 2 felonies and a DUI and was held without bond. During the time I was in jail, I got off Lexapro and never took it again. Also, as if by magic, I have not had any alcohol since January 31st and do not attend AA meetings. I also know of instances where a young person has been on Paxil, Zoloft, and Effexor, each time a negative behavior incident followed after the medication change and now the are institutionalized. I don't like Lexapro. I think it is a bad, unpredictable drug. There is a place for anti-depressants and they do help but they should only be prescribed by a psychiatrist. The rest of these boneheads have no business giving them to people and watching them downward spiral and then fleeing the scene.

Posted by: rockireindeer | March 13, 2009 8:15 PM

I am a 41 year old with a college degree, have always worked full time and lived in the same county since 1991. The only criminal record, hospitalization, and substance abuse treatment history I have is the 8 mos. I was on Lexapro. Those boneheads would argue "alcoholism is a progressive disease" funny how I'm 100% better now all by myself?!?!? I would argue "so is drug-induced insanity!"

Posted by: rockireindeer | March 13, 2009 8:28 PM

Disgruntled patients challenged the idea of pushing back against DOJ thug lawyers. I agree. I would not take Lexapro myself, even if very depressed. I would only allow shock treatments as a treatment for me.

Your complaints are between you and your doctor. The idea that a vile, rent seeking, cult criminal will interfere with that interaction is unacceptable. If legal remedies fail to stop these cult criminals, there is full intellectual and moral justification for self-help by direct action patient groups against the lawyer cult criminals.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | March 14, 2009 12:56 PM