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The MOTHERS Act: Thalidomide Revisited?
Date:5/23/2008

on of the psychiatric drug itself. This is not to say that emotional turmoil and pain do not exist -- surely they do, but they are not diseases per se, as psychiatry contends to sell drugs as the first line of treatment. In Sharon Alley's case that drug was Paxil. Without actual diseases to treat, no psychiatric drug can be called essential and justifiable for a pregnant woman where exposure of the unborn child is a certainty. Moreover, no drug can be guaranteed risk-free for either the unborn or nursing child.

On May 15, 2000, The Boston Globe reported: "Dr. Jonathan O. Cole, a Harvard psychiatrist who was one of the first to suggest that Prozac and similar antidepressants could precipitate suicide, is now criticizing drug companies and the US Food and Drug Administration, saying they are failing to take the problem seriously."

In 2005 the UK's Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Authority (MHRA), banned antidepressants for those 18 and under due to their worsening the suicide risk.

On May 2, 2007, the FDA expanded the black box suicide warning on antidepressants to apply to young adults ages 18 to 24.

Despite proof that there is no benefit for any Prozac-like, SSRI, antidepressant, over placebo and that these drugs cause suicide, homicide, premature births, stillbirths, and pulmonary hypertension in newborns, they are represented to be safe and are pressed upon normal pregnant women and their unborn and nursing infants by psychiatry, the pharmaceutical industry and government, with profit the only motive. One third of pregnant women in the US already take psychiatric drugs at some point during their pregnancies and most are never warned of the known risks for themselves, their unborn and nursing babies, depriving them of their right to informed consent.

In 1960, Frances O. Kelsey of the FDA blocked an application by the Richardson-Merrell Corporation of Cincinnati to market thalidomide. Her concerns were soon borne out.
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SOURCE Fred A. Baughman Jr.
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