Gabriel Myers, a heavily-medicated seven-year old foster child, committed suicide in 2009. Gabriel's autopsy report indicated that he was taking psychotropic drugs known to trigger suicidal actions. Gabriel's psychiatrist, Dr.Sohail Punjwan , had prescribed Vyvanse 50 mg, Symbyax 3/25 mg and Lexapro 10 mg. Symbyax is a combination drug product consisting of olanzapine, an antipsychotic and fluoxetine, a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor.
Gabriel was under state custody from June 29 2008 to April 16, 2009, the time of his death. Gabriel Myers' case history is available here .
Florida officials suspected that Dr. Punjwan had placed Gabriel in his psychotropic drug trial and asked the FDA to verify whether Gabriel and other state-protected children were involved in Dr. Punjwan's pharmaceutical research. This is a telling piece of information for it means that protection agencies are not apprised of foster children's enrollment in government-sponsored testing regimens.
Because the FDA refused to provide said information George Shelton, secretary of the department of Children and Families told the agency that Florida was banning the employment of wards of state in drug trials. The FDA's response : the benefits can outweigh the risks.
In early 2010 the FDA advised Dr.Punjwan via letter that he had neglected to:
adhere to the applicable statutory requirements and FDA regulations governing the conduct of clinical investigations. Your failure to conduct the requisite safety measures contributed to the unnecessary exposure of pediatric subjects to significant overdoses, which jeopardized the subjects' rights, safety and welfare.Children seized by state protection agencies have routinely been subjected to federally-financed experimentation since 1989. This practice was approved by Congress at the suggestion of HHS Secretary Otis R. Bowen who said:
State and local child welfare agencies should create systems to manage the participation of children in foster care in special medical treatment and experimental trials. (HHS/ASPE, 1989, p. 60).It is not known what the legislators were thinking when they adopted Secretary Bowen's proposal but their action clearly violated Article IV of the Bill of Rights which states:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seizedChildren are generally taken by juvenile courts to protect them from abuse and neglect. For the federal government to authorize state use of this population for experimental purposes is illegal under the law for it permits unreasonable searches.
Since 1989 millions of foster children have been forced to test pharmaceutical compounds for the benefit of the medical complex. Since this captive group has no voice in their medical servitude the U.S. is also breaching the Nuremberg Code mandate of informed consent.
To understand the plight of these state-controlled children one should consider the standard practices in clinical studies. The American Medical Association reports the following common procedures: blood draws, MRI's, allergy skin testing, electromyography, pharmacokinetic studies, testing of drugs believed to be safe in 500 adults and lumbar punctures with and without sedations. Upon occasion, researchers have surgeons fit children with gastronomy tubes to ensure drug delivery. Risks of harm to trial participants is high for more than 70% of the trials fail to meet safety/efficacy expectations.
Children believed to be suffering from somatoform [induced by parents] disorders are also often taken by the state and are then isolated in psychiatric facilities. Cases in point are Justina Pelletier and the other children who entered Boston Children's Hospital with difficult to define medical issues.
Course of action on the part of BCH staff: dispute the admitting diagnosis, claim parental medical child abuse [ Dr. Alice Newton ], have a judge agree [ Joseph F. Johnston ] and then take the child into experimental chambers. Researchers posit that isolation is beneficial to those believed to be suffering from somatoform disorders.
Dosing children's bodies with all manner of untested chemicals to market new drugs and incarcerating others in psychiatric wards to evaluate somatoform disorders is not acceptable.
U.S. policy—foster children as test vessels—abrogates provisions of the Bill of Rights, the Nuremberg Code and the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court .
The International Criminal Court defines non consensual human experimentation as a crime against humanity.