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Pharmaceutical Controversy (01:15)


Experts speak out against the use of psychiatric medication on children—and expose the industry’s betrayal of the American public. (Credits)

Creating Monsters (03:01)

School shootings have recently shocked the nation. Experts draw parallels between psychiatric medication and antisocial behavior, claiming that normal children have been deliberately misdiagnosed with hyperactivity, bipolar disorder and depression for profit.

Profitable Neuroscience (01:33)

Mind and mood altering drugs are the fastest growing in the industry, and are sold as “quick fixes” for happiness. Experts feel that increases in mental illness diagnoses disregard environmental factors in human behavior.

Myth of Mental Disorders (01:36)

A science journalist’s belief in the advancement of psychiatry was shattered when he discovered crucial research gaps. Evidence suggests that prescription drugs actual cause biochemical imbalances. They weren't designed for children, and no research has been done on long term effects.

Pharmaceutical Fraud (01:14)

Experts claim that the American public has been lied to by the mental health community in order to medicate healthy people for profit.

Mental Illness: a Commercial Enterprise (02:10)

A recent increase of the prescription of psychiatric drugs for children has raised red flags. Experts claim pharmaceutical companies have funded psychiatrists to "create" new diseases using faulty studies to expand their market—a $69 billion industry.

Unknown Long Term Affects (03:10)

Drug companies have begun targeting school children to take medication for mood swings—hindering their development of coping skills and altering their personality before they reach adulthood. Some anti-psychotics cause obesity in children, and could also affect brain function.

Chemical Lobotomy (03:22)

90% of methylphenidate, or Ritalin, is prescribed in the U.S.; anti-psychotics have increased by 400%. They function by blocking signals to the frontal lobe—the area of the brain that gives us judgment and emotions. A British teen on Prozac stabbed his father in a fit, was put in a mental hospital and committed suicide.

School Shooters (03:10)

Eight of thirteen U.S. teenagers who went on violent rampages were on prescribed psychotropic drugs. Experts believe parents are sacrificing their children to the pharmaceutical market, and urge society to demand answers from the medical profession before another tragedy strikes.

Rise of ADHD (02:53)

In the era of modern medicine, parents put faith in doctor recommendations rather than their own skills. In the mid-1990s, a behavioral disorder became commonly diagnosed for children who displayed hyperactive symptoms—but many didn't have the disorder.

Ritalin History (01:59)

In 1970, psychiatrists identified a disorder called minimal brain dysfunction in children and prescribed a type of methamphetamine. It reappeared with the diagnosis of ADHD in the '90s—accompanied by multimillion dollar ad campaigns. An expert discusses the irony of drug free school zones.

Mysterious Behavioral Condition (03:55)

Despite DEA health and safety concerns, pharmaceutical marketing campaigns pushed Ritalin onto children during the 1990s. Footage from a 1998 NIH sponsored ADHD press conference shows medical experts unable to identify symptoms of the disorder—even a pediatrician who had regularly diagnosed and treated it.

Debate over Stimulant Therapy (03:43)

Brooke Reynolds was prescribed Ritalin at age 5 after being diagnosed with ADD. Her parents followed their doctor's recommendation, unaware of its negative effects. An academic expert exposed the pharmaceutical industry's lack of scientific credibility in drug trials and its omission that the drug causes brain atrophy.

Adulterated Science Propels ADHD Diagnosis (02:02)

Oregon State University reviewed over 2,000 long term studies of the effects of Ritalin and found no scientific evidence that children's quality of life was improved. Experts explain how it actually creates mental disabilities, for which patients are put on lifelong medication.

Stifling Children's Creative Energy (01:31)

Experts believe children are over diagnosed with ADHD and over medicated in the U.S. They encourage parents to develop their skills and allow children to develop naturally, at their own pace..

Misinformed Parents and Educators (04:01)

One third of boys in Atlanta are prescribed stimulants such as Ritalin. Teachers face challenging classroom situations and often send disruptive children to the school psychologist for ADHD—resulting in misdiagnosis and the unnecessary medication of healthy children.

Medical System Failing Children (01:52)

Civilized societies provide safety for children, but six million are prescribed dangerous ADHD drugs in the U.S. Becoming addicted to Ritalin over the course of her childhood, Brooke Reynolds committed suicide.

Prozac Controversy (02:52)

Parents speak about their children who committed suicide on fluoxotine hydrochloride. Since the 1980s, Eli Lilly and the FDA have kept information about adverse reactions to the drug away from the public—and confidential documents prove the companies knew the suicide risk.

White Washing Fluoxetine (03:48)

The German government requested that Eli Lilly review its clinical study on Prozac. The investigation revealed an increase in suicide attempts—findings hidden from the public. During the trial period, 1,600 actual suicides were reported. Secret memos reveal the FDA and Eli Lilly enlisted mental health professionals in their PR campaign.

Raising Awareness of a Medical Scandal (02:47)

In the early 1990s, family of Prozac suicide victims turned to legal channels to hold the FDA and Eli Lilly accountable for using fraudulent science to cover up negative side effects. Prozac is the only SSRI, or antidepressant drug, still licensed and considered safe for market by regulatory bodies.

Firsthand Accounts of Prozac (04:45)

In 1991, after numerous reported suicides, consumer advocacy groups forced the FDA to hold public hearings on Eli Lilly's drug fluoxetine. See footage of former patients testifying to the drug's negative effects and urging the FDA to take action.

FDA Conflicts of Interest (02:49)

Even after hearing personal accounts of the suicide risks of Prozac, the agency's advisory committee allowed it to stay on the market. Most members worked for drug companies and were waived of their conflicts of interest to avoid lawsuit. Evidence shows that corruption exists throughout the American medical system.

Exposing Corruption in Mental Health (05:00)

The Diagnostic Criteria for Mental Disorders is known as the bible of psychiatric disorders. In 2006, Dr. Lisa Cosgrove and Dr. Sheldon Krimsky published a study finding conflicts of interest and financial ties between DSM-IV panel members and the pharmaceutical industry—questioning the integrity of most DSM diagnoses.

Zoloft: Candace's Story (03:10)

2003 saw a dramatic increase in psychiatric drug prescriptions for children. Caroline Downing remembers her sister Candace, who suicided while on this popular anti-depressant. Candace's main symptom was test anxiety.

Zoloft for Children: Controversy and Risk (02:13)

Learn that FDA team lead Dr. Thomas Laughren knew the suicide risk and still approved Zoloft (sertraline HCI) for children—he was a Downing family friend.

Transparency in Psychiatric Drugs (02:08)

In May 2007, Dr. Thomas Laughren and the FDA were forced to put a black box suicide warning on antidepressants for children and teens. Experts believe pharmaceutical companies should be separated from the agencies evaluating their product safety to eliminate corruption in Western medicine.

Recovering Humanity (03:26)

The pharmaceutical industry has corrupted government agencies, science and the medical establishment in the name of profit. Experts believe children shouldn't be prescribed psychiatric drugs that limit their development and expose them to suicide risks—and urge society to stand up for new generations.

Credits: Generation Rx: Resisting the Culture of Overmedication (04:34)

Credits: Generation Rx: Resisting the Culture of Overmedication

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At the 1991 FDA Prozac hearings, scores of impassioned victims described how the drug pushed them to the brink of suicide. But the pharmaceutical industry succeeded in getting its own message out, ushering its products into the mainstream while voices on the opposite side of the debate have largely faded. This film reawakens many of the arguments made against the culture of psychotropic prescription. Assembling a plethora of leaked memos, flawed studies, and previously unseen conference footage, the documentary points to a pattern of collusion between drug manufacturers and the regulatory watchdogs at the FDA. Meanwhile, many experts believe that our society is in the grip of an epidemic of doping and drugging. Has an era of mercenary medication dawned, in which we’ll forget what it is to be human? Are we panic-prescribing against phantom defects, trying to make human beings into happiness machines? (80 minutes)

Length: 81 minutes

Item#: BVL52601

ISBN: 978-1-61753-428-7

Copyright date: ©2008

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