About fifty practitioners are said to be affected by these prescriptions without a medical basis.
The Medicines Agency (ANSM) announced on Tuesday that it had approached the public prosecutor to report the case of doctors prescribing autistic children treatments not indicated for this disease.
“Alerted to the prescription by certain doctors of drugs outside their marketing authorizations to treat children with autism”, the ANSM “formally advises against these uses for which these drugs have not shown any proof of their effectiveness. effectiveness and which expose these children to risks, in particular during prolonged use, ”she said in a press release.
The practices in question concern the prescription “over long periods (several months)” of “anti-infectious drugs” (antibiotics, antifungals, antiparasitics, antivirals) and “heavy metal chelators”, substances supposed to eliminate heavy metals from the body. The organism, the use of which is recommended only in the event of proven poisoning, details the National Medicines Safety Agency (ANSM).
Informed through its whistleblowing procedure by the president of the SOS Autism association, Olivia Cattan, the agency has collected testimonies from parents and prescriptions that reflect these prescriptions. The ANSM explains having “informed the public prosecutor of these dangerous prescribing practices” this summer, but also the orders of physicians and pharmacists, responsible for compliance with the rules of ethics by their members, as well as the National Fund of Health insurance (CNAM).
Olivia Cattan, who is about to publish a book to denounce these practices (The black book of autism, September 24 at Éditions du Cherche midi) indicated that it would also file a complaint on its side soon with the public prosecutor and explains having alerted the Orders of physicians and pharmacists. “We would really like it to go to court and these doctors to be struck off. Parents, in a therapeutic impasse, are fooled and throw their money into “protocols” not scientifically proven, “she laments.
According to Olivia Cattan, around fifty doctors would be concerned, in the wake of the Chronimed association, founded by the controversial Prof. Luc Montagnier, and they would have treated some 5,000 children since 2012. That year, Luc Montagnier, Nobel Prize in medicine for having participated in the discovery of the AIDS virus, defended the idea of an “infectious trail” to explain autism, causing an immediate distancing from the National Academy of Medicine, where its conference was held.
Risk of adverse effects
“Anti-infective drugs pose a risk of side effects, especially during long-term exposure. They can be characterized, in addition to digestive effects, by cardiovascular and skin disorders, as well as by other disorders specific to each antibiotic used “, recalls the ANSM. In addition, “the use of antibiotics over a long period of time will contribute to the emergence of antibiotic resistance which will decrease the effectiveness of treatment in the event of a proven infection,” she adds.
“Autism spectrum disorders constitute a neurodevelopmental syndrome for which there is no curative drug treatment,” said Philippe Vella, director of drugs in neurology at ANSM. “Above all, we want to send a message to families in distress, potentially vulnerable, to alert them: these children are exposed to the known adverse effects of treatments for which the benefits have not been proven,” he said.