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Is Big Pharma already a bigger threat to kids than Big Marijuana would be?

Is Big Pharma already a bigger threat to kids than Big Marijuana would be?

November 29, 2014

The question in the title of this post is prompted by this interesting new piece up at The Crime Report headlined “The RX Alliance That Drugs Our Kids.” Here is how the piece starts:

Olivia Hernandez always trusted the doctors who scribbled out prescription after prescription for the heavy-duty psychiatric drugs that clouded her teenage years in foster care. Now, she feels “betrayed.”

Three of her former doctors are among a chosen group of California foster care prescribers who received gifts and payments for meals, travel, speaking and industry-sponsored research from the world’s biggest pharmaceutical companies.

A three-part investigation by the San Jose Mercury News has found that drugmakers, anxious to expand the market for some of their most profitable products, spent more than $14 million from 2010 to 2013 to woo the California doctors who treat this captive and fragile audience of patients at taxpayers’ expense.

http://sentencing.typepad.com/sentencing_law_and_policy/2014/11/is-big-pharma-already-a-bigger-threat-to-kids-than-big-marijuana-would-be.html






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