FDA’s lax approval process for medical devices has shielded  surgeons and manufacturers who have made a killing from a lucrative business venture. FDA has even awarded the seal of approval years after the rings were implanted in patients while still in the experimental stage–without their knowledge or informed consent.

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Panel Chairman Thomas G. Brott, a neurologist at the Mayo Clinic, said he was amazed that essentially no research had been done on ECT’s effects using functional MRI imaging, repeated brain wave (EEG) studies, or autopsy examinations of patients.

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At the end of today’s hearings, an FDA advisory panel will issue recommendations about whether manufacturers of electroconvulsive devices must put their devices to rigorous safety tests or whether they should be reclassified from Class III (high risk) to Class II (moderate risk)> Below are critical comments by Professor John Read (University of Auckland, New…

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Landmark Decision: Jury awards $635,177 Damages for Memory Loss from Electroshock Fri, 8 Jul 2005 Below is a press release by Linda Andre, president of Committee for Truth in Psychiatry (CTIP) about the first ever lawsuit in which a jury found a psychiatrist who referred a patient for intensive electroshock procedures (practitioners prefer to call…

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