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Mike's Billllllllll..... YO! [Jan. 23rd, 2006|02:48 pm]
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A Bill to make sure parents receive adequate information on antidepressants before a child is given a subscription

Sponsored by: Senator Taylor Schlacter of Marlborough High School

Representative Mike Caputo of Marlborough High School

There have been many recent suicide cases of minors taking antidepressants, due to them and their parents not being told ALL of the drugs side effects and makeup. This cannot go on; the suicide cases are too abundant. The parents and minors taking antidepressants MUST be informed of the information on the drugs.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States, that:

Section I. The commissioner of the department of mental health shall assemble a special task force consisting of 1 (one) representative each from; the Department of Public Health, the American Psychiatric Society, the American Academy of Pediatricians, an a user who is a parent of a minor who is currently prescribed with an antidepressant drug.

This team shall develop and apply a list of the 20 most commonly prescribed antidepressant drugs for children, including a description of what is in the drug, the most common and uncommon side effects and how the drug effects you. This list shall be updated annually. The commissioner of the department of public health shall post this written information on the department's website to be available to prescribers and the general public.

In the event of a minor needing a psychotropic drug, the parent MUST receive a copy of the information provided by the task force. The prescriber MUST also note in the patient's record that the information has been provided to the parent. The practitioner must also explain the information,, including side effects, before providing the prescription to a patient.

Section II. This bill should take into effect in June of 2006.