Fred Baughman Comments on ‘ADHD’ Drug Warning Letters from FDA

Fred Baughman, M.D., Neurologist, Child Neurologist
Author: The ADHD Fraud-How Psychiatry Makes “Patients” of Normal Children
Comments on (439 words): FDA Warns Five Drugmakers Over ADHD Ads

Pharmalot, Ed Silverman
September 26th, 2008

Ed Silverman (Pharmalot, September 26th, 2008) writes. “…five warning letters were sent yesterday by the agency (FDA) to different drugmakers for incomplete, false or misleading promotional materials for ADHD meds.” “… the FDA says the drugmakers variously omitted material facts; minimized important risks; overstated efficacy or made unsubstantiated claims.” “Manufacturers will always try to go right to the limit in making their promotional claims to doctors, and doctors tend to follow their claims,” said Larry Diller, a behavioral pediatrician in Walnut Creek, California, who says the hyperactivity medications are overused though he prescribes them for some patients. “When claims are overstated, there is both over-prescribing and mis-prescribing and in the end children get hurt,” Diller said in a telephone interview with Bloomberg News, September 26, 2008.”

The glaring omission here is that ADHD has never been proved to be a disease (throughout medicine, disease = physical abnormality-gross, microscopic, or chemical). Shown no proof of an abnormality, the Panel of the 1998 Consensus Conference on ADHD could only conclude ” …we do not have an independent, valid test for ADHD, and there are no data to indicate that ADHD is due to a brain malfunction.” Carey reporting on “Is ADHD a Valid Disorder?” concluded: “What is…described as ADHD in the United States appears to be a set of normal behavioral variations…” Nor has ADHD or any other psychiatric diagnosis/ “disorder” been proved since to be a bona fide disease, having, as it must, a confirmatory physical abnormality. This being the case, all research and all treatment predicated upon the presumption that ADHD is an abnormality/disease is false. For this reason what we have today is not “mis-diagnosis” and “over-prescribing” but a total, one hundred percent fraud. No child diagnosed with “ADHD” is demonstrably abnormal/diseased. Their first and only abnormality is the intoxication with amphetamines and other psychotropic drugs that invariably follow the “diagnosis” of ADHD.

Lawrence Diller, quoted above, is widely viewed as a voice of moderation when it comes to the diagnosis and treatment of this “disorder” that does not exist. On page 7 of his book Running on Ritalin: Should I Medicate My Child? Diller writes: “Before 1990 I needed perhaps one pad of a hundred forms every nine months; by 1997 I realized it was one every three months,” or approximately 400 Ritalin prescriptions a year, hardly “moderate” given that no such disease exists-that the children are normal to begin with.


3 thoughts on “Fred Baughman Comments on ‘ADHD’ Drug Warning Letters from FDA

  1. Based on the only epidemiologic study that used a real diagnostic algorithm–the Western Counties study by Adrian Angold and colleagues–there is both over-prescribing and under-prescribing of stimulants for ADHD. The tired arguments that ADHD is just an extension of normal behavior does not comfort me with my high blood pressure, which is “just an extension of normal blood pressure.” True, there is a spectrum of severity from near-normal to severe, but at some point along the spectrum the incidence of important dysfunctions in life begin to rise. Impairments from ADHD are not “normal” and become increasingly severe with age if there is not early adequate treatment. Carey and Diller need to stay abreast of the mountain of data on the impairments caused by ADHD, which CAN be reliably diagnosed provided practitioners have the patience to follow the rigorous criteria available for diagnosis and not limit themselves to simple symptom counts.

  2. You justify feeding little children drugs to control them. There is absolutely no proof of any brain problem that Ritalin treats. “Diagnosing” ADHD is nothing more than rendering an opinion. It’s pretty unethical to advocate that position considering how many children are being killed by these drugs. Do some research on the medications you advocate and then rethink whether it’s worth it to risk a child’s life for the sake of keeping them still.

  3. Oh wow, just checked out your profile. Clearly you’ve had ample opportunity to not only learn about drugs but you’ve been devoting your life as of late to promoting them. That’s so sad.

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