Medical device safety isn't child's play

Listen, I'm so tough the Boogeyman checks his closet for ME at night. But there's a darned good reason I never practiced pediatric medicine -- nothing melts my heart faster than the sight of a sick kid.

I hope you've never had to stand vigil by some hospital bed, watching your child or grandchild tethered to tens of thousands of dollars of medical machinery. It's the most terrifying experience of any adult's life.

And it turns out you never knew the half of it.

According to a galling new Harvard study, your doctor may have placed that oxygen mask on your child's face or that stent in his artery without having any idea whether they were going to work. In fact, there's a good chance your child was a lab rat in a twisted medical experiment being conducted all across America with the full blessing of our federal government.

Harvard researchers found that over the past seven years, the FDA has been approving medical devices that have NEVER been proven to work for kids. In fact 84% of the "high risk" devices tested -- we're talking about cardiac defibrillators and other tools you're counting on to save your kid's life -- were never tested on a single patient under the age of 18!

You wouldn't dare give your child an adult dose of cough medicine, let alone some dodgy prescription drug. So why are hospitals using the same medical devices on your kid that they'd use on a full-grown man?

It's a dangerous practice that could turn deadly in a hurry, and it's up to us to stop it. Head over to the FDA's website and demand they stop approving untested devices for kids. Demand these government stooges start doing their jobs -- and make sure medical device manufacturers are doing theirs, too.