Some Texas foster kids’ doctors have drug firm ties
Dallas Morning News, August 18, 2008
One in three Texas foster children has been diagnosed with mental illness and prescribed mind-altering drugs, including some that the federal government has not approved for juveniles, state records show. Many of these drugs are prescribed by doctors who have a financial stake in pharmaceutical companies' success, according to an investigation. Dozens of physicians who treat children in state custody supplement their salaries with tens of thousands of dollars in consulting and speakers' fees, and they use drug company grants to fund research projects.
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