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Politics and law from a British perspective (hence Politics LAW BloG): ''People who like this sort of thing...'' as the Great Man said

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Sunday, February 08, 2004

And now the cot-death drug, apparently

Thousands - tens of thousands, perhaps - of children have been taken from their parents based on the mumbo-jumbo of Meadow's Law - name after the truly evil Roy Meadow (last discussed on January 25.)

Now, it seems, a good many cot-deaths (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, SIDS), many of which may have been diagnosed as Munchausen's Syndrome By Proxy (MSBP). are due to cisapride, which is marketed by Janssen Pharmaceutica under the brand name Propulsid.

On the face of it, the credulity of the well-educated folks who have charge of checking the chemicals doctors are allowed to use on us is truly staggering: orangutans have more cunning and good sense.

(It is, I believe, still the case that, in all the trials required to licence drugs, on either side of the Pond, there is no requirement to test drugs on children, even though it is proved in numerous cases that children do not respond to drugs like scaled-down adults.)

But one should never just look on the face of anything: Big Pharma (and their smaller cousins) are big spenders on all sorts of things interesting to the political classes of Western countries: campaign contributions and medical and academic endowments being just a couple of examples. Those regulators and their political bosses are just playing dumb.

Here's a test for Man of the People John Kerry: bring Big Pharma under control.

(Pause for hollow laugh.)

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