Following in the footsteps of Florida: Texas now requires more stringent prescribing laws for these highly toxic drugs.
The number of poor Texas children on powerful psychiatric drugs could drop dramatically under a bill lawmakers are considering to halt unwarranted prescriptions.
Rep. Sylvester Turner’s bill would prohibit doctors from prescribing anti-psychotic drugs to children younger than 11 who are covered by Medicaid unless they get special permission from the state.
Drug companies and medical professionals fear the measure would take control out of the hands of doctors and parents.
Thousands of Texas children under 2 years old have been prescribed anti-psychotics like Seroquel and Risperdal, Turner said – drugs that treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, but can produce harmful side effects in children. His measure would force state health officials to review individual prescriptions, considering a child’s diagnosis and whether a drug has federal approval for use in juveniles before approving the prescription. (read the rest)