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"The diagnosis of ADD [Attention Deficit Disorder] is entirely subjective. ... There is no test. It is just down to interpretation."

- Dr. Joe Kosterich,
Federal Chairman,
General Practioners' Branch,
Australian Medical Association, 1999.

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The Daily Telegraph reported today that nearly 10,000 Australian children under 18 have been prescribed antipsychotics. Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) obtained the shocking statistics from the Department of Health & Ageing, and the Adverse Drug Reactions (ADRs) from the Therapeutic Goods Administration. Of the 477 deaths linked to antipsychotics, the TGA reports 15 were for ages 0 to 19, including intrauterine deaths. As only 1% of ADRs are reported to the TGA, the deaths could be as high as 1,500. PBS/RPBS paid $3.4 million in 2007/ 2008 for these potentially dangerous drugs to children.

The TGA also reported 14 incidents of 10 to 19 year olds experiencing Neuroleptic Malignant Disorder, a potentially fatal toxic reaction characterised by sudden loss of body temperature control, renal and respiratory failure, muscle rigidity, loss of consciousness and autonomic nervous system impairment.

One 15-year-old boy gained 40kg in weight; a 13-year-old girl suffered irregular heartbeat and blacked out while on Zyprexa.

There were 44 incidents of weight gain which can lead to diabetes. In the U.S., Eli Lilly has paid $1.3 billion to resolve 32,000 claims related to is antipsychotic Zyprexa causing diabetes.

Pfizer paid $2.3 million last year to settle a U.S. Justice Department lawsuit over its illegal marketing of Ziprasidone (Zeldoz in Australia) and several other medications.

CCHR’s international president Jan Eastgate was critical of RANZCP’s Dr. Louise Newman advocating in the Telegraph that toddlers and children need antipsychotics for neurological disorders. Eastgate said Newman is obfuscating the issue. “We’re not talking about legitimate brain diseases. There are no tests, x-rays or brain scans to confirm mental disorders are neurobiological. Even drug companies agree,” she said.

In February, GlaxoSmithKline’s CEO Andrew Witty said it is “hard to prove that a depression drug is working” because “patient improvement is measured by subjective mood surveys, and not by the clear-cut blood tests and biological measures” used in medical diseases. This month, AstraZeneca’s head of development, Anders Ekblom, said the company was dumping research for depression, bipolar, anxiety and schizophrenia drugs because of the “unpredictable and risky nature of clinical trials to assess medicine working on the brain.” (;

CCHR is established by the Church of Scientology and Thomas Szasz, professor emeritus of psychiatry from State University of New York Health Science Centre.


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