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The American Academy of Pediatrics: A Lot of Explaining to Do

By Manuel Mota-Castillo, MD

In the September 2009 issue of the American Journal of Psychiatry Dr. Madelyn S. Gould and colleagues discuss the association between sudden death and the use of amphetamines in children and adolescents.  In this paper the authors report that The American Academy of Pediatrics has also highlighted the "the absence of scientific data to establish an increased risk of sudden death in individuals receiving stimulant medications."
I am not going to discuss the above-mentioned article in details because this is not an academic forum but I want to explain why I think the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is asuming a questionable position. How can they ignore the fact that a pharmaceutical company (Wheth) has paid 13 BILLIONS to settle law suits link to its drugs Redux and Pondimin?
How can the AAP "ignores" that if "Fen-Phen" caused heart problems and the Food and Drug Administration removed both from the market in 1997?
How much knowledge it is required to suspect that "Fen-Phen" was a combination of amphetamines and Adderall it is also A COMBINATION OF AMPHETAMINES?   (A new name for Adderall is Vyvanse)
Even the lay press (Campell Brown, CNN, September 30th 2009) reported about the epidemic of Adderall abuse in the college campuses but the AAP remains oblivious to the danger of this type of drugs which also include the famous Ritalin. By the way, Concerta, Metadate, Focalin are also brand names of the same substance in Ritalin, methylphenidate.
In addition to this "turning the head the other way" the AAP (and the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry) continue endorsing this fallacy:  

7% OF AMERICAN CHILDREN HAVE ADHD.

This is a monumental lie kept alive by the inmense amount of money invested by the pharmaceutical companies.  The real prevalence of ADHD is ONE PERCENT OR LESS but the majority of pediatricians and psychiatrist have been taught that SEVEN percent is a truthful number.
Changing this false belief is an uphill battle because the Peer-Reviewed journals would not publish opinions like mine for the simple reason that the Reviewers belong to that mayority that believe in the faulty 7% prevalence of ADHD.
Time always tells who was right and who was wrong.  I hope that I will live to see the moment when the American Academic of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry will apologize to the public for the harm their stubbornness have caused to so many youths.

To make it clear:  The children in that 6% wrongly diagnosed with ADHD have other conditions that usually get worse on amphetamines but they are blamed for NO GETTING BETTER DESPITE ADECUATE TREATMENT!!!
If that is not an abusive situation how can we call it?

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