Here is a heads up that Congress is considering further funding additional new organizations to promote medication to pregnant and new moms. This bill proposes $5 million in funding per year through 2020 ($25 million if you’re bad at math).
In order to self-promote their organization, Postpartum Support International and Postpartum Progress are going on vacay and having a walk on June 18 in Utah. What a nice way to get out of the Atlanta heat… I hear Utah is nice in June what with the antidepressants and the new generation of atypical antipsychotics and all of the psychiatric proselytizing. Jenny Hatch, Christian Delahunty, Ann Blake Tracy, anyone else in Utah care to sign up to support their cause by giving them a giant thumbs up for drugs? Didn’t think so…
As if passing the weakened MOTHERS Act through Obamacare was not bad enough… we now have S 2311 and HB 3235 which are designed to fund programs to flat out increase the number of women being screened and treated for “perinatal mood disorders.” Literally, they took the objections we passed onto the HELP Committee and straight up wrote those objections into positive statements and proposed them as new laws. You don’t like that we want to increase the number of moms taking meds? Well how about we just go for 90% this time instead. No, bully… how about no.
The bill claims that 90 percent of women with PPD or perinatal mood disorders (during pregnancy and beyond) benefit from a combination of medication and counseling. Translation: 90% of mothers who are diagnosed through our EPDS, triple-the-number-of-women-diagnosed screening methods will need to be placed on meds per a government law to screen them and diagnose them with some doctor they have on the other side of a FaceTime screen in the OBGYN’s office. This is a blatant lie!!!
Medication is not effective for perinatal mood disorders! Not one of them has been approved for pregnant and postpartum women by the FDA and these uses are off label. This is otherwise known as FRAUD, and if this gets funded into Medicaid you will have another whistleblower lawsuit on your hands, Pharma…
To market them as such is illegal, which is why Postpartum Support International’s little friends have to try to pass a shady awareness campaign law to get it done. As if working for GSK’s marketing ghostwriting firm doesn’t get you far enough, when you move past that and into the revolving door of pharma front groups you can do all the off label marketing you want through the magic of nonprofit activism!
It is well established that antidepressants show no benefit over a placebo and when all the studies conducted are included, they actually have a negative effect. The side effects include suicide, which the namesake of this bill fell victim to after her psychiatric treatment started.
The namesake of this bill (Not Melanie Stokes this time) died after being hospitalized in a psychiatric ward and treated for postpartum mood disorders and PTSD. Postpartum Progress is organizing a fundraiser in Utah near the home of this psych victim… I guess they don’t have enough money for their organizations yet. This bill also includes remote psychiatric consults (dial a doc) as well as some interesting text and congressional findings.
“Congress finds as follows:
(1) Depression is a medical, physiologic illness, and not a sign of weakness or poor parenting.
(2) Maternal depression includes major and minor depressive episodes that occur during pregnancy or in the first 12 months after delivery.
(3) An estimated 9 to 16 percent of new mothers experience postpartum depression.
(4) Every year, more than 400,000 infants are born to mothers who have depression, which makes perinatal depression the most underdiagnosed obstetric complication in the United States.
(5) The consequences of maternal depression include poor bonding between mother and infant, which may have negative effects on cognitive development, social-emotional development, and behavior of the child
(6) Maternal suicide exceeds hemorrhage and hypertensive disorders as a cause of maternal mortality.
(7) About 90 percent of women who have maternal depression can be treated successfully with a combination of medication and counseling.
(8) States and professional organizations are taking the lead in addressing this problem, through public awareness campaigns, resource collection, and even promoting phone consultations.
(9) Congress should provide resources to support State teams, and help them find innovative solutions to this problem.”
Before I go on much further, take a look at the text of the bill on Congress.gov and see for yourself.