Monday, November 23, 2009

Chicago Tribune Articles

I'm just going to link to the Chicago Tribune Articles below.

What do readers think?

You can probably tell I "stole" those links from Orac. I'll also link to his post:

I noticed that "biomed" pushers have shown up in comments, and their primary counter-attack seems to be roughly this: "FDA-approved drugs also have serious side-effects!"

They do. Anti-psychotics, especially, can have nasty albeit rare side effects like neuroleptic malignant syndrome. But the biomed people are just trying to change the subject, aren't they?

Feel free to use the comments section to discuss the ethics of FDA-approved drugs for autism. Do the benefits documented in trials outweigh their more serious side-effects? Are there concerns about the evidence of their efficacy? Do we even understand how they work?

3 comments:

  1. I would be very wary of using ANY kind of drug on a child of mine, it would have to have been proven effective, and not harmful in any way. As for "ethics", what choice does a child have, if his/her parents decide to "try something"?

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  2. I think the issue is that parents have a recommendation from the FDA. The FDA, a major authority, is saying "go ahead." Why wouldn't a parent follow that advise?

    I'd say the FDA and the researchers have the responsibility on ethics in this case, and they are the ones who will have to answer if we find out there are major long-term adverse effects.

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