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Off Label Drug Use Skyrockets: Atypical Antipsychotics Top List Of Drugs Sold In US
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Off Label Drug Use Skyrockets: Atypical Antipsychotics Top List Of Drugs Sold In US

Eleven drugs, many approved in the 1990's have increasingly been used as off label prescriptions at skyrocketing rates. Originally tested and approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat the estimated three million people with the most disabling of mental illnesses, the medical profession has co-opted those expensive and very powerful medications for a wide range of other conditions to the absolute fear and astonishment of others in the field.

Seroquel, Zyprexa and Abilify make up the top of the list of drugs classified as "atypical antipsychotics" which have accounted for more than sixteen billion dollars in sales since 2010 and have continually been at or near the top of the drug sales rankings. The drugs were originally designed to treat serious mental health disorders like schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and severe depression but are now being used to treat conditions like anxiety, sleep disorders, dementia and even behavioral in toddlers and young children. Each of this class of drugs carry very serious warnings, especially for people who have dementia or the elderly because they dramatically raise the risk of death.

The atypical antipsychotics now account for more than 90% of the US drug market with off label use doubling from 1995-to 2008. Among adults, the drugs have increased by nearly 170% despite the fact that they are very expensive and often used improperly. One estimate shows that the most popular names can be as much as $500 per month or more.

Originally thought to be safer than the drugs that they were replacing, drug companies pushed them for wider and wider uses to doctors through aggressive marketing campaigns. And, many of the very serious side effects are often overlooked or only briefly discussed. Those side effects can include serious and rapid weight gain of as much as forty pounds or more, Type II diabetes, breast development in boys and facial tics that are not reversible even after the medication is stopped. In the elderly, this class of drugs may substantially increase the risk of death.

Doctors are allowed to use drugs for other than their stated, intended uses, a practice that they call "off label" but the drug companies cannot suggest or promote that usage. Eli Lilly and Company was hit with one of the largest fines ever levied against a drug maker after it was revealed that it was pushing the "five at five" use of the drug Zyprexa to nursing homes across the country. That program detailed giving patients five milligrams of the drug at five pm. so that the patients would sleep.


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