The story in news is that Bush is endorsing a mental health program that will target children in schools for mental health screenings. The commission claims that even though child mental health prescriptions have increased 500% from 1999-2003, they aren't getting enough "treatment". The screenings will be mandatory and prescription drug treatment will be too. That's not all this program does though, under new plan doctors can only prescribe most dangerous and expensive drugs on market. The new plan is ironically named "New Freedom commission"(NFC).
TMAP- Bankrupting Medicaid Before Baby Boomers Even Use It
Bush endorsed and implemented TMAP in Texas and of 22 members in New Freedom Commission, 14 are directly associated with that organization. The New Freedom Act is a fraud. It is modeled after The Texas Medication Algorithm Project (TMAP). An algorithm is like a menu at a restaurant with drugs as choices, if its not on menu doctor cannot order prescription. TMAP takes advantage of foster children, institutionalized people, veterans and prisoners to further drug company profits as well as robbing American tax-payers. It forces state and Medicaid doctors to prescribe super-expensive, dangerous new medications to mental health patients.
TMAP has even persuaded officials into giving Medicaid to people who don't need it so they can afford overpriced medications and by early 2001 program bankrupted Texas's Medicaid system. At rate TMAP guidelines explode Medicaid expenses we will be paying an outlandish 3.7 billion a year for schizophrenia medications alone, effectively bankrupting Medicaid nationwide.
Here's an example of a Drug that doctors will be required to prescribe:
Zyprexa This is a new Medication for bi-polar disorder and it costs $6,000 more per patient than older, safer drugs like Haldal according to Yale researchers, Veterans Medical Hospital researchers and FDA trials. FDA Data also shows Zyprexa to be one of he deadliest drugs ever approved, yet our war veterans and children will be forced to use it while rest of us pay for it. FDA trials for Zyprexa show that 65% of patients dropped out of trial due to side effects and during 6-week trial 20 deaths occurred, 12 of them suicides. The FDA approved Zyprexa ONLY for short-term treatment of bi-polar individuals.
TMAP mandates that Zyprexa be used for many different disorders for long term use. Hurting our children
TMAP developed a special children's algorithm (drug menu) called The Texas Children's Medication Algorithm Project or TCMAP. The same group of bribed experts decided that same drugs would be used for children as adults; no facts were needed because recommendations were made based on what drug companies told them to recommend.
Drugs TCMAP forces doctors to prescribe to children: (All are brand name)
Zoloft, which is expensive, has a 17% dropout rate in child clinical trials due to intolerable side effects and only has a 10% improvement rate on children with depression and mood disorders. The FDA specifically states that this drug should not be used by persons under age of 18. Seroxat, which is expensive and has been shown to increase suicide attempts in minors. Paxil. This drug is not only expensive but has been directly shown to increase murder, violence, school shootings and debilitating conditions such as brain dysfunction and heart problems in young people. It also increases self-harm and suicide attempts in children. On top of all this British studies show that Paxil didn't improve children's mood anymore than a sugar pill. The FDA said in 2003 that Paxil should not to be prescribed to minors. Serzon. Expensive and has a earned a "black box" warning due to its tendency to cause liver failure and death in adults and children. Safer, cheaper drugs are available but TCMAP maintains that drugs they make most money on are best choice for children's mental health issues. Bribery In Action