Leading Antipsychotic Drugs Come Under New Scrutiny – NYT Tuesday, May 20, 2003 A front page article in The New York Times reveals that the pillars of American psychiatry–including Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman, Dr. John Kane, Dr. William Carpenter–are acknowledging that evidence is lacking to support the claims that the new antipsychotic drugs are any better…

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“Anthrax vaccine a deadly defense?” –NW Indiana Times Tue, 24 Jun 2003 U.S. Army Reserve Spc. Rachael Lacy, 22, is a casualty of the military forced anthrax vaccination program–which is administered by military commanders, not doctors. She “died in April after receiving the [anthrax] vaccination, along with a smallpox inoculation. A coroner ruled the shots…

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Minnesota initiative: Compulsory newborn congenital testing Mon, 24 Mar 2003 The Minnesota House Health and Human Services Policy Committee will vote tomorrow on a law requiring the screening of every newborn baby to ascertain who may have a congenital disorder. It is important to note that this “public health” initiative is not intended to provide…

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FDA Issues Public Health Advisory Entitled Reports Of Suicidality in Pediatric Mon, 27 Oct 2003 The FDA issued a warning about the suicide risk for children prescribed an antidepressant of the SSRI class. These drugs have never been shown to be more effective than placebo for the treatment of depression–which is supposed to be the…

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4 compelling reasons against Mental Health Parity Fri, 12 Sep 2003 Compelling reasons NOT to approve insurance parity for mental health services come from the following recent reports suggesting that mental health services and treatments have often done more damage than good. Until psychiatry and mental health service providers develop services and treatments that help…

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Connecticut Dept of Children & Families Bans Paxil Tue, 26 Aug 2003 The New Haven Register reports that the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF) is the first state agency to ban the use of Paxil in children to protect from harm. Public disclosure of evidence demonstrating Paxil’s suicide risk led the UK government…

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Almost 1/2 of faculty on IRBs have ties to industry – Harvard Partners Fri, 15 Aug 2003 A survey by faculty at the Institute for Health Policy, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Harvard Medical School found that “Consulting relationships with industry are common among faculty IRB members….Our previous research with faculty has shown us that…

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OHRP Found NHLBI Lung Experiments Violated Informed Consent Mon, 7 Jul 2003 On July 3 the federal Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP) issued a stinging indictment of the research review and approval process at some of the nation’s most prestigious research institutions–including the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI). http://ohrp.osophs.dhhs.gov/detrm_letrs/YR03/jul03a.pdf [The retirement of…

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Experiment infects AIDS patients in China with malaria Mon, 17 Feb 2003 The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that two prominent AIDS researchers at UCLA are being investigted for “taking part in a controversial medical experiment with Cincinnati physician Henry Heimlich to infect AIDS patients in China with malaria.” The experiments purportedly seek to destroy HIV, the…

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Duke Survey Clinical trials: Research Conflicts of Interest Violate ethical Guidelines_UPI Sun, 27 Oct 2002 A major Duke University survey of 108 U.S. medical schools reveals that medical institutions fail utterly to meet international standards aimed at ensuring the integrity of clinical research and the safety of the subjects. Conflicts of interest have derailed ethical…

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