Posted by: Ticktock | June 15, 2009

FDA on Ritalin Dangers: Chill Out!

The folks at the FDA are doing some damage control on a study that they partly funded.

The study, published Monday in the American Journal of Psychology, compared two groups of child death statistics. The first group was 530 children who had inexplicably died. The second group was 530 children who had died as a result of a motor vehicle accident. The study examined the toxicology reports of the deceased to see if stimulant medication had been found in any of the kids who died. The control group of auto accident victims showed that only two were on stimulants, while the group of unexplained deaths showed that ten kids were on stimulants. While that may not seem like a lot, the study’s authors concluded that there is an “association between sudden death and the use of stimulants”.

The FDA says, “WOAH…hold up a sec, you guys”. There are some problems with this study, and they name them specifically:

–a significant time lag between the dates when the deaths occurred and collection of the data;
–the difference in circumstance of death may have accounted for a difference in family or caregiver recall of information relating to medication use at the time of death;
–sudden unexplained death in a child would be more likely to trigger a post-mortem inquiry into the cause of death than death due to blunt force trauma as a result of a motor vehicle collision; and
–there was a low frequency of stimulant use reported in both the study group and the control group.

Basically, the FDA is anticipating that this study will be hyped by the anti-pharma mob, causing kids everywhere to drop their meds and fall behind in their classes and behavior. Basically, it’s the same old song and dance of asking parents to talk to their doctors and make an informed decision.

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