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Big Pharma Testing Oxycontin on Children as Young as 6 to Keep Patent

Elizabeth Renter
November 9th, 2012
Updated 11/09/2012 at 10:29 pm
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pillbeingtaken 245x153 Big Pharma Testing Oxycontin on Children as Young as 6 to Keep PatentYou’ve likely heard of OxyContin; it’s that heavy duty narcotic painkiller, the one that has spurred the prescription drug addiction problem to new heights over the past several years. It’s highly addictive. So addictive, in fact, that it is said to lead people to using heroin in order to get a cheaper high when their budget can’t keep up with their Oxycontin habit. (This move only became more pronounced after the maker of Oxy changed their formula to reportedly discourage addiction).

Well, the maker of this wonder-drug, responsible for countless overdose deaths, is so concerned with their patent running out, that they’ve decided to test the drug on children as young as six years old.

The company is Purdue Pharma LP. And their concern isn’t in helping children overcome some deadly illness or debilitating pain, but instead lies (not surprisingly) with their bottom line. The patent of OxyContin is set to expire in August of 2013; when that occurs, other Big Pharma companies will be able to make generic versions of the pricey narcotic and sell them for much cheaper, taking some away from Purdue’s pockets.

By starting new trials on children, Purdue Pharma is able to extend their patent by six months. They are able to do this with a program from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that actually encourages drug companies to test their poisons on the youngest members of our communities.

According to Natural News, the FDA states “ testing drugs on children helps to bridge the “pediatric knowledge gap” of how drugs that are approved for adults perform in children. Since doctors often prescribe drugs “off label” to children, the FDA considers aftermarket testing on children to be beneficial for society.”

OxyContin is a highly addictive drug. It’s a narcotic, an opiate. This means it’s made from the same stuff as heroin (another reason users switch over to the much cheaper street-drug), and now children will be fed the drug just to see “how it works” on them. But is isn’t terribly surprising, as major drug and vaccine corporations are continuously found to experiment on children, even illegally.

In one case, vaccine and drug giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has been fined 400,000 pesos (around the equivalent of $93,000) by an Argentinian judge for killing 14 babies during illegal lab vaccine trials that were conducted between 2007 and 2008. The judge also asserted that the corporation actually falsified parental authorizations so that babies could participate without legitimate parental permission.

The six month extension for Oxy seems like a little bit of gain for a major sacrifice, right? The company is willing to put kids in the lab in exchange for only six months? But, for Purdue, and likely any other drug company in their shoes, it’s a no brainer. Purdue made $2.8 billion in sales on OxyContin last year alone. Six months has the potential to earn them another nearly billion-and-a-half.

It seems that pharmaceutical painkillers will continue to ravage the population.

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  • George

    They are usually not told of the harm, this is a bad problem in Ga you have kids on on kinds of off label psych drugs as young as 3 and taking 6 or more drugs a day mostly kids on public health insurance and whos parents trust the doctor they don’t question because they don’t know they can, and some are told social service will take the kids if they even get a second opinion.

  • weillesharp

    Now a days most of the company make the pain clear medicine, this company also make the medicine and they want to try it first in the child. As per the FDA approval they taste the medicine and then they will get what type of they make for the adult.

  • DKPS

    Who are these parents that would allow their kids to be used as guinea pigs? Big Pharma couldn't do it if we didn't allow them to.

  • Ashley

    You should all be ashamed of yourself were too make a better world for these children and your handing out drugs like its candy !!!!!! Ridiculous

  • Jood

    It`s the Genocide of America. The 1% ridding the 99%.

    Big Pharma, ConAgra, Monsanto and the FDA to name a few.

    I was poisoned and crippled by Bayer`s toxic antibiotic CIPRO, 4 years ago. It was given to me for a bad case of POISON IVY! It should only be used as a last resort for deathbed pneumonia patients, yet doctors are passing it out like candy…even to children!

    The selfishness and greed of these companies will be the down fall of our once great country. Do your research good people before you take anything.


  • Ingrid

    Our Children are now the new Guinnepigs! What are this Companies and the FDA thinking? Making kids ???? Get rid of this bribed People at the FDA or give this addictive Drugs FIRST to THEIR CHILDREN who makes this DECITIONS and allow this Crime! Parents should be aware, that Doctors are no Gods!!! They just put their fingers in our Pockets, destroy wittingly our Health to make more Money and support the Pharma Industry like with the phony Flu Shots!!!

    • Ingrid

      Should mean: making our kids Junkies!!!????

      • Ingrid

        Oxycontin (Oxycodone)
        Oxycodone is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Oxycodone is in a class of medications called opiate (narcotic) analgesics. It works by changing the way the brain and nervous system respond to pain. Oxycodone is also available in combination with acetaminophen (Endocet, Percocet, Roxicet, Tylox, others …

        Side effects – How to take – Precautions – Dietary Instructions – Missed a dose

  • Anti Drug Pro Family

    keep electing people that are benevolent to big pharma and the FDA and the system of lobbying and bribing in place to keep the FDA palms well greased and medicine trials pretty much complete BS, just study Dr Peter Breggin and his anti Eli-Lilly/Prozac efforts, he is a pioneer in battling big pharma whores.

  • Renda Luvaas

    This is a crime!!!! What the hell is happening to morals and ethics? The voiceless lab rats are now our children????

  • Mud

    The FDA is a scam.

  • Ann Blake-Tracy

    This is sickening! They learned this leason well from the antidepressant makers didn't they? They have all done the same to extend their patents. Oxy is possibly the most addictive drug on the planet & should have been pulled from the market LONG ago! To give this drug to children, and to allow it to happen as well, is just plain criminal!!!

    • Mike

      Really people who need those meds such as me and there are people out there that ruin it for people like me and others in chronic pain and i dont take oxys anymore ive switchd to msconton which is morphein time release but i am also on roxys which is straight oxycodone exactly the same as oxyconton only difference is roxys arnt time release so they are stronger people who are drug addicts are affraid of withdraw which is the main reason they keep using not becuz its that addicting they the dont want the feeling of death u have when u need the drug in your system