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Largest Pharmaceutical Settlement in History.

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I am continually baffled by these class action lawsuits that hit the news shelf every few years, but go seemingly unnoticed. This most resent settlement (the largest in history) is for off-label uses of many drugs resulting in Hawaiian vacations, lavish benefits, etc. for doctors prescribing the medications.

Paxil was sited in this broadcast as being pushed as an anti-depressant for children despite the fact that it was never approved to do so! Yet, doctors can legally prescribe it AND it gets reimbursed by insurance companies! In fact, the very first line of the Paxil listing on the PubMed Health website (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001037/) states:

“Warning: A small number of children, teenagers, and young adults (up to 24 years of age) who took antidepressants (‘mood elevators’) such as paroxetine during clinical studies became suicidal (thinking about harming or killing oneself or planning or trying to do so). Children, teenagers, and young adults who take antidepressants to treat depression or other mental illnesses may be more likely to become suicidal than children, teenagers, and young adults who do not take antidepressants to treat these conditions.”

Glaxo achieved net profits of $8 billion dollars last year. The reporter highlighted that this settlement, although it is a large number was simply “the cost of doing business.”

Are we to sit back and accept this sort of blatant manipulation and malpractice? Where can you turn when you feel that you can no longer trust the western medical system?

Perhaps it’s time that we start getting more bold in our statements concerning the “off-label” benefits of chiropractic care. Sure, chiropractic is an excellent way to alleviate tight muscles, back and neck pain, but I would also like to direct you to a listing of actual case studies showing how chiropractic care has helped with a number of conditions including, but not limited to:

Multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, Asthma, ADD/ADHD, Autism, Blindness, Cerebral Palsy, Crohn’s disease, Colic, Epilepsy, Fibromyalgia … the list goes on and on. (http://www.chiro.org/research/ABSTRACTS/Conditions.shtml)

The best part is that chiropractic is among the safest interventions in the history of healthcare.

So, if chiropractic care can be the difference between a medicated child committing suicide and a healthy happy child, then I have to ask:

What’s stopping you from trying chiropractic care for your family?


Author: Lucas Chesser DC


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