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    Alliance for Human Research Protection A Catalyst for Debate www.ahrp.org FYI Tonight Public Broadcasting (PBS) airs an investigative report about the drugging
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 7, 2011
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      Alliance for Human Research Protection
      A Catalyst for Debate
      www.ahrp.org

      FYI
      Tonight Public Broadcasting (PBS) airs an investigative report about the
      drugging of children in foster care.
      http://www.pbs.org/wnet/need-to-know/uncategorized/need-to-know-january-7-20
      11/6158/

      "On this week's episode of Need to Know, we go inside the foster care system
      for an installment of The Watch List: We investigate the use and potential
      overuse of powerful antipsychotic medication on foster children, with a
      special look at Texas, which has worked to reform its practices...

      Foster children are some of the most heavily medicated children in the
      nation. Need to Know investigates the use and potential overuse of powerful
      antipsychotics in our foster care system, which a special focus on Texas,
      which has done much to reform its practices."

      The program includes footage from the astounding videotaped deposition of
      Dr. Joseph Biederman, the influential Harvard child psychiatrist whose
      financial relations with Janssen Pharmaceutica prompted Congressional
      investigation as they were deemed in violation of federal conflict of
      interest disclosure regulations.

      The deposition includes a slide presentation in which Dr. Biederman promises
      Johnson & Johnson/ Janssen pharmaceuticals that his "planned studies of [the
      company's] medicines in children would yield results benefiting the
      company." The deposition also includes Dr. Biederman's assertion that his
      Harvard status ranks just below GOD...

      Neither conflict of interest violations--nor the breach of scientific
      integrity in drug trials whose results were predetermined--resulted in any
      meaningful sanctions--either by Harvard or the National Institute of Mental
      Health--the federal agency that provided taxpayer support for Dr.
      Biederman's commercially driven drug research.

      Thus, Dr. Biederman's self assurance may reflect his certainty that his
      privileged position is protected by the power structure.

      One is reminded of the ruling class of pigs in George Orwell' Animal Farm,
      who decree:
      "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others..."

      In New York the program airs at 8:30 PM. check your local PBS stations


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