At a minimum, the practice of responsible medicine requires that physicians who prescribe drugs whose  known severe adverse side effects are likely to cause their patients irreversible harm, requires that those physicians follow monitoring guidelines to ensure their patients’ safety. 

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Three new studies–one,, a pharmaco-genetic study, is groundbreaking–confirm that widely prescribed psychotropic drugs that pose serious risks of harm, offer no therapeutic benefit.

 

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An audit by Daniel Levinson, Inspector General of DHHS, confirms what has already been documented: that antipsychotics are widely misprescribed for unapproved uses and  taxpayers are saddled with the high cost  through Medicaid and Medicare.

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New FDA antipsychotic Warnings:  "The symptoms of EPS and withdrawal in newborns may include agitation, abnormally increased or decreased muscle tone, tremor, sleepiness, severe difficulty breathing, and difficulty in feeding."

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The excerpts from The New Yorker (below) may be read as a companion piece to the Atlantic article profiling Dr. John Ioannidis.     However, the opening example that Lehrer uses to make the point that initial impressive positive research findings often weaken in time, perpetuates a myth about the new antipsychotics, a myth promulgated by…

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According to a report by the Associated Press, the FDA has approved expanded use of Merck’s toxic antipsychotic drug, Saphris, for treating acute manic-depressive behavior in adults. Antipsychotics (neuroleptics) are a controversial class of drugs: Risperdal (approved in 1993), Zyprexa (1994), Seroquel (1997), Abilify (2002), and Saphris (2009). These drugs’ safety hazzards were documented over…

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AHRP PROPOSAL:
Any FDA-approved drug, whose manufacturer has been found by a court of law or the Department of Justice–to have illegally marketed the drug by concealing risks or incidence of adverse effects, or making unsupported claims of clinical benefit–should be denied coverage by taxpayer funded insurance programs–including Medicaid, Medicare, VeteranstAffairs.

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