In Foster Care Children and Off-Label Drug Use, I discussed the use of drugs, particularly psychotropics, to medicate children. In Who Do The Drug Companies Cater To? I talked about doctors (one in particular) who, by all accounts, clearly overprescribed medications, including Seroquel and clozapine.
Now, an article from the Anchorage Daily News reports that the Law Project for Psychiatric Rights filed a federal lawsuit against over a dozen Alaskan psychiatrists, stating that the doctors “unnecessarily drugged children and committed Medicare fraud.”
The article points out that children on Medicare are four times as likely to be put on antipsychotic medication as children who have private insurance. 90% of children seeing psychiatrists are put on medication, while less than 10% of those medications are FDA approved for children.