In my last post I wrote about our meeting with Lundbeck in Copenhagen where we put some questions to Dr. Madsen and Mr. Schroll. Their answer to this one made me question my hearing and their sanity, so I had to ask it a second time to clarify….
Why are you testing this drug, which is well known to be detrimental to children, on children as young as 7 in drug trials? Citalopram and Escitalopram!
Dr. Madsen and Mr. Schroll said that Lundbeck had previously done a number of trials on children and will be doing future trials on children as young as seven. They said that they are mandated by the medicines board to investigate pharmaceutical effects in children in order for them to get approval for any new drug. I asked was this just for childrens medication and was surprised when they said no, that this also included adult medication!
Don’t forget that these mind altering drugs are only approved for Major Depressive Disorder in Adults. Is it possible that a seven year old could have major depression? Even if that were true, would it be be possible to find enough children with Major depression to undergo the number of clinical trials trials it takes to get a drug approved?
I asked was the reason behind this because they were looking for approval for the under 18’s market to make more money. They said no!
I asked if they still intended to do drug trials on children, they replied… “If we want to have drugs approved then we will probably have to, yes”.
To be honest I could not believe what they were saying and so I asked the question again…
If you want to get approval for adult drugs you have to trial them on 7 year olds?
Tony asked if they would they let their own children take part in a clinical trial…Both Dr. Madsen and Mr. Schroll declined to answer that one!
What about the latest Lundbeck reported (by whom) wonder drug for alcoholics which is at the last stages of clinical trials, Nalmefene? I wonder was Lundbeck able to find enough 7-18 year old alcoholics?
The Danish medicines board need to put a stop to this NOW as this is nothing short of child abuse, and considering that the rules are the same for all the other drug companies based in Denmark, this includes Novo Nordisk, Leo pharma and a long list of Danish based pharmaceutical companies, Lundbeck are not alone in doing dubious drug trials on children.
Surely I can’t be the only person who thinks this is so so wrong? There are major protests when drugs are discovered to be tested on animals, so where are the protectors of childrens rights?