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U.S. Senators are Outraged by FDA Approving OxyContin for Children!Marianne Skolek, Salem-News.com Investigative Reporter
Your voice counts. Change this sad future for ill children.
(MYRTLE BEACH, SC) - I have written articles for Global News Centre and Salem-News.com regarding the FDA's approval of OxyContin for children. In 2009 and 2011, I warned that the maker of OxyContin, Purdue Pharma was positioning to have their killer opioid marketed for pain in children as well as something they called "pregnancy pain." (See links below to my articles).
After I made a complaint to the FDA, Purdue Pharma was advised by officials from the "watchdogs of America" (FDA) via conference call to cease and desist any and all marketing of OxyContin for "pregnancy pain."
OxyContin was recently approved by the FDA for children ages 11 to 16.
The reckless action of the FDA in their approval is intensified by the fact the FDA relied on Purdue Pharma's own studies -- not FDA studies -- to give the green light for young children to become addicted and potentially die to a dangerous drug that has devastated the U.S. since its release in the late 1990's.
The FDA's own Advisory Committee was not consulted in the approval process of OxyContin for children.
U.S. Senators are outraged by the FDA's action and are demanding accountability. These senators are:
Senator Joe Manchin, WV
I ask that everyone affected by the prescription opioid/heroin epidemic, go to Facebook and "friend" each of the above senators. Then flood them with your comments about how this approval of OxyContin for children should not be tolerated.
Tell your experiences to these senators in Facebook every day until they receive the message loud and clear -- "We are outraged -- and we demand the FDA be investigated for their allegiance to pharma -- and not to the safety of the American people!"
The Washington Post reporter, Brady Dennis conducted an interview with Sharon Hertz, MD, Director of the FDA's Division of Anesthesia, Analgesia and Addiction Products as well as Janet Woodcock, Director of the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research.
Here is a comment made by Dr. Woodcock in the recent interview:
"I just think the point is that seriously ill children deserve evidence-based medicine. They shouldn't be experimented on by giving them medicines that haven't been studied. We have established evidence-based medicine in the United States -- that's what the FDA drug program stands for. And yet, until the '90's, we didn't have that for children. And it really is considered a tremendous advance.
"We understand there is a terrible problem with opioid abuse and addiction. Everyone understands that. But this is about evidence-based medicine for children -- seriously ill children who are suffering pain."
"But this is about evidence-based medicine for children" -- are you serious Dr. Woodcock?
The evidence was provided by the maker of the most dangerous opioid in the country, Purdue Pharma. They're convicted felons who lied about the dangers of the drug when they marketed it to physicians at its launching.
They pleaded guilty in Federal Court to their lies. They off label marketed OxyContin so every level of pain was a candidate for the highly addictive killer drug. What happens now Dr. Woodcock? How long before you approve OxyContin for pregnancy pain? The FDA is not the watchdog for the American people rather they are the lapdog for pharma.
As readers of my newspaper articles know, I hold the FDA directly responsible for the prescription opioid/heroin epidemic - especially since they approved OxyContin for children without using any of their own studies.
I have emailed the FDA heads my articles over the years. John Jenkins and Doug Throckmorton have refused receipt of my latest articles.
I am providing every parent who has lost a child and every family member who has lost a loved one with the email addresses ... of the FDA officials. Flood them with your emails. They are not protecting the lives of the American people. They are working with pharma at keeping profits up.
Here are the email addresses:
If someone could remember to forward my articles to Jenkins and Throckmorton it would be appreciated. They need to be reminded that their jobs are to protect us -- not to sit back while we lose a generation of young people.
Go to "Hulu" and view the movie "Behind the Orange Curtain" for excellent coverage of the prescription opioid epidemic in Orange County, California that is crippling our country.
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