why are medical providors pushing seroquel?
What's the deal with that?
- 8 years agoFavorite Answer
Dear The Blood of Jesus, Well you catch on to fast,, you noticed that didn't you well here are another facts, AstraZeneca to pay $520 million for pushing Seroquel, linked to child obesity. One of the world's largest drug companies, AstraZeneca, agreed to pay $520 million to settle a U.S. government lawsuit claiming the company encouraged doctors to prescribe an anti-psychotic drug to children, veterans and the elderly outside its intended use.Seroquel is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression. But the Justice Department said AstraZeneca, a British-Swedish company with U.S. headquarters in Delaware, suggested using it for anger management, sleeplessness, anxiety and Alzheimer's disease.Assistance programs such as Medicare and Medicaid, as well as some insurance companies, won't pay for such use of drugs "off-label." That means they're not covered by FDA-approved labels, and because their use can pose serious health risks and command higher costs for consumers.Illegal acts by pharmaceutical companies and false claims against Medicare and Medicaid can put the public health at risk, corrupt medical decisions by health care providers, and take billions of dollars directly out of taxpayers' pockets.Seroquel is controversial, along with other anti-psychotic drugs, for its potential to cause obesity in children and to increase risk of diabetes. A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that children and adolescents taking antipsychotic drugs added between 8 and 15 percent to their body mass in only 11 weeks, sufficient for many to become obese. However, Seroquel does not carry a warning on its label, unlike Eli Lilly's Zyprexa, a similar blockbuster drug Antipsychotic drugs were the most lucrative class in 2009, with $14.6 billion in U.S. sales. Seroquel accounted for $2.2 billion, or 15%, of all U.S. antipsychotic drug sales that year. So Dear the best thing is talk with your Doctors always ask question why this drug not this one why Do I need to take this one who has been on the market for one year VS. one that has been for 10 years. well when a drug reaches over 15 years then they can make that drug into generic so the original maker won't make as mush money as before so they go and create another one close to it but not it precisely so you buy that drug and your DR. is making money and drug companies, make money and the consumer which is the patient pays the price... Did you know that compounded medicine are not FDA approved drugs that's what happen when the company in New England made compounded medicine and lot's of people died from Meningitis so they pay you 10 million dollars that's pennies to them... Please always talk to your doctors he is getting paid for the visit and the drug and you are waiting in the waiting room for the sales representative's of drug companies leave then it's your turn for 2 minutes and they are done with you they will give you prescriptions and you take the drug and God knows what will happen to you...... Good Luck best wishes I hope you know all and start questioning every drug you take or someone you know family member friend and so on any of that. PS: always when ever you want to get what is so called Compounded drugs are drugs that have been mixed together according a recipe to make a formulation that’s not readily available or approved by the Food and Drug Administration, to suit a particular patient’s needs. Compounded drugs are typically made by mixing ingredients (prescription and/or over-the-counter) together to mix a formulation that’s not readily available or approved by the FDA. Babies and children, especially preemies, who need medications in extremely small doses, and often need them to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Children, who might need something that’s more palatable (fruity flavors can be added) People with allergies to commercial drugs, which often contain lactose • Patients who need a dose that’s not commercially available Pets, who need them to treat pain, stomach acid problems, thyroid issues and potassium deficiencies. Patients (often elderly) who need medication in a different form a liquid because they have trouble swallowing, Pharmacists typically check that the recipes they use are safe—and each has their own resources they use to check the stability and efficacy of a compound. If and when you need a compounded medications please ask the pharmacy for their latest inspection records from the state since the only one is so called watch dog are the State health Dept. so please also ask the doctor if there is any other medication that will not need to be compounded. I did not tell you that,,,,,,,,,,,<3XXXXX:) not me..
BOTTOM LINE IS MONEY. WOULD YOU PAY $40 FOR ONE THING IF YOU CAN GET 2 FOR $4O.. IT'S LIKE TWO FOR ONE AND THAT IS THE BOTTOM LINE MONEY...Source(s): Family therapist First Responder 5 yrs. Medical School
- ckm1956Lv 78 years ago
I don't know how many you've actually talked to, but most AREN'T pushing it.
It might just be the ones you've seen.
Like most meds, there are things it's good for and things it's not.Source(s): PA