Eli Lilly’s highly touted new anti-psychotic, Zyprexa
"My name is Allen Jones. I am a "whistleblower" who has sought the
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Eli Lilly's highly touted new anti-psychotic, Zyprexa, reveals much about
the collision between corporate interests and the health and safety of
children. In clinical trials averaging 6 weeks, Zyprexa was tested in 2,500
adults. The drug was linked to serious, in some cases life-threatening side
effects requiring hospitalization in 22% of those tested.... During those 6
week clinical trials there were 20 deaths, of which 12 were suicides. David
Healy, who found a suicidal link to antidepressants (Selective Serotonin
Reuptake Inhibitors) in his research says, as far as he can establish, the
data from these trials "demonstrate... a higher death rate on Zyprexa than
on any other antipsychotic ever recorded." In 2000, FDA approved Zyprexa
for short-term use only, in bi-polar patients.
Yet, children aged six to eleven were recruited for clinical trials to test
the drug. According to their published report, UCLA investigators tested
Zyprexa on children who were not even diagnosed as having schizophrenia.
The children were diagnosed as having a variety of questionable psychiatric
disorders, including ADHD. According to the published report, all the
children in the trial experienced adverse effects, including sedation,
acute weight gain, and akathisia (restless agitation). The trial was
terminated less than six weeks after it had begun.
Controversy surrounds a Zyprexa trial at Yale University. In that
experiment, 31 youngsters aged 12 to 25 who have not been diagnosed with
any psychiatric illness are being exposed to the drug for one year. The
stated rationale given by the researchers (who are under contract with the
sponsor) is their speculation that these children may be "at risk" for
"The study is believed to be the first to find the link between Zyprexa and
insulin problems in children and teens."
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