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SEDATING FORGOTTEN CHILDREN: HOW UNNECESSARY PSYCHOTROPIC MEDICATION ENDANGERS FOSTER CHILDREN'S RIGHTS AND HEALTH

MATTHEW M. CUMMINGS

32 B.C. Third World L.J. 357 (2012) [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    SEDATING FORGOTTEN CHILDREN: HOW UNNECESSARY PSYCHOTROPIC MEDICATION ENDANGERS FOSTER CHILDREN'S RIGHTS AND HEALTH
  • Author: MATTHEW M. CUMMINGS
  • Subjects: Antidepressant; Reimbursement; Hyperactivity; Prescription; Psychotropic; Arrangements; Introduction; Recommended; Medications; Unlicensed; Constitutional Law; Criminal Law & Procedure; Education Law; Family Law; Healthcare Law
  • Is Part Of: 32 B.C. Third World L.J. 357 (2012)
  • Description: INTRODUCTION Between February and March 2009, seven-year-old Gabriel Myers had multiple therapists, foster home placements, and after-school programs. 1 He lost many of the privileges he typically had at his original home and faced changes in the visitation arrangements he had with his biological mother. 2 During this time, Gabriel acted out on numerous occasions and had other behavioral problems; as a result, doctors put him on multiple psychotropic medications covered by Medicaid. 3 He took Lexapro, an antidepressant, and Vyvanse, a medication for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). 4 Then, a doctor--having been warned by the FDA for over-prescribing to children--prescribed Gabriel Symbyax, a medication not recommended for use in children. 5 Symbyax, a powerful anti-depressant, contains an FDA-required black label warning in its packaging because of its potential to cause suicidal thoughts in teenagers and children. 6 Medicaid paid for Gabriel's Symbyax prescription, despite not qualifying for reimbursement. 7 By April 2009, the Florida Department of Children & Families had Gabriel on multiple psychotropic medications, even though his medical records lacked the necessary parental consent form. 8 On April 16, 2009, less than one month after receiving the Symbyax prescription, Gabriel stayed home sick from school while his caretaker's adult son--Miguel Gould, an unlicensed caregiver--watched over him. 9 During lunch, Gabriel dumped his soup into the trash and then, as Miguel sent him to his room, claimed he wanted to kill himself. 10 In his room, Gabriel threw his toys and told Miguel ...
  • Language: English
  • Identifier: ISSN: 0276-3583
  • Source: Academic Law Reviews (LexisNexis┬«)

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