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This past week in healthcare investigations
by Kristina Fiore, Director of Enterprise & Investigative Reporting, MedPage Today February 26, 2020
No ‘Safer’ Autism Drug
Aripiprazole (Abilify) has been touted as a better option than risperidone (Risperdal) for treating kids with autism — but a growing slate of evidence suggests that’s not true, according to Spectrum.
Risperidone was approved to treat irritability in autistic children first, in 2006, and aripiprazole scored that indication a few years later, in 2009. Both are atypical antipsychotics, but aripiprazole’s mechanism of action is slightly different and was supposed to have fewer side effects, including less weight gain, Spectrum reported.
But in the 11 years since aripiprazole has been approved for the indication, data suggest it differs little from risperidone, and that aripiprazole may have its own concerning side effects.
In 2017, an FDA advisory committee convened to review side effects in children, focusing on 78 serious adverse events from the FDA’s national reporting system. A total of 14 children had died, five by suicide. While the agency’s own reviewers didn’t seem troubled by any safety signals, panelists raised concerns about weight gain and other adverse reactions linked to it such as stroke and heart problems.
Other data have shown that the drug may not be effective long-term, may work better for certain types of aggression, and long-term use carries a risk of tardive dyskinesia.
Parents of autistic children interviewed by Spectrum said the drug led to weight gain and in some cases, aggression — the condition it was supposed to treat.
More With The Autism Market
Autistic people have fought the inclusion of ABA in therapy for us since before Autism Speaks, and other non-Autistic-led autism organizations, started lobbying legislation to get it covered by insurances and Medicaid.
ABA is a myth originally sold to parents that it would keep their Autistic child out of an institution. Today, parents are told that with early intervention therapy their child will either be less Autistic or no longer Autistic by elementary school, and can be mainstreamed in typical education classes. ABA is very expensive to pay out of pocket. Essentially, Autism Speaks has justified the big price tag up front will offset the overall burden on resources for an Autistic’s lifetime. The recommendation for this therapy is 40 hours a week for children and toddlers.
The original study that showed the success rate of ABA to be at 50% has never been replicated. In fact, the study of ABA by United States Department of Defense was denounced as a failure. Not just once, but multiple times. Simply stated: ABA doesn’t work. In study after repeated study: ABA (conversion therapy) doesn’t work.
What more recent studies do show: Autistics who experienced ABA therapy are at high risk to develop PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions. Historically, the autism organizations promoting ABA as a cure or solution have silenced Autistic advocates’ opposition. ABA is also known as gay conversion therapy.
The ‘cure’ for Autistics not born yet is the prevention of birth.
The ‘cure’ is a choice to terminate a pregnancy based on ‘autism risk.’ The cure is abortion. This is the same ‘cure’ society has for Down Syndrome.
This is eugenics 2021. Instead of killing Autistics and disabled children in gas chambers or ‘mercy killings’ like in Aktion T4, it’ll happen at the doctor’s office, quietly, one Autistic baby at a time. Different approaches yes, but still eugenics and the extinction of an entire minority group of people.
Fact: You can’t cure Autistics from being Autistic.
Fact: You can’t recover an Autistic from being Autistic.
Fact: You can groom an Autistic to mask and hide their traits. Somewhat. … however, this comes at the expense of the Autistic child, promotes Autistic Burnout (this should not be confused with typical burnout, Autistic Burnout can kill Autistics), and places the Autistic child at high risk for PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions.
[Note: Autism is NOT a disease, but a neurodevelopmental difference and disability.]
Fact: Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism.