Letter from David Healy, MD to Peter J. Pitts Executive Summary of suicidal evidence not addressed by FDA In the light of Traci Johnson’s death on February 7th 2004, will FDA obtain Pfizer’s entire folder on the 1982 Hindmarch study in which healthy volunteers were given Zoloft, and make a statement as to whether data…

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Infomail 2004 News Stories on Human Research Protection and Commentary by Vera Hassner Sharav Dec 31: FDA to review “missing” drug company documents Dec 30: Family of Woman Killed by AIDS Drug Test Sues Doctors, Manufacturer Dec 30: Doctors, Too, Ask: Is This Drug Right? Dec 29: Bill would shield some drug firms from punitive…

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Senate Finance Committee Investigating FDA brain stimulation device approval – WSJ Thu, 19 May 2005 Another major scandal is erupting about FDA’s approval decisions that contradict its medical officer’s safety concerns. The Senate Finance Committee is investigating what led the FDA to suddenly reverse its disapproval of Cyberonics’ brain stimulation device for the treatment of…

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Reply to the American College of Neuropharmacology’s Report on SSRI and Suicidal Behavior in Children Jonathan Leo, Ph.D. Introduction The American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) recently released an Executive Summary from its Task Force on SSRIs and Suicidal Behavior. The task force concluded that "taking Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) or other new generation antidepressant…

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ACNP Summary Report Criticized as “Junk Science” Sun, 25 Jan 2004 related links: Reply to ACNP Report – Jonathan Leo, Ph.D. FDA Sham Conflicts of Interest Policy Most of the National press coverage of the controversy swirling around the claims and counter claims about drug suicidal obsessive thinking and behavior in some children prescribed SSRI…

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Are SSRIs and Atypical Antidepressants Safe / Effective for Children / Adolescents/ Neonates? Wed, 2 Mar 2005 The American psychiatric establishment continues to operate within a “head in the sand” culture of denial when confronted with compelling evidence that has been scientifically replicated showing that their prescribing of antidepressants for children has been misguided. They…

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Success in academic psychiatry is not measured in the improvement of patients' mental health, but rather in quantifiable commercial tender.How many grants one brings to the university, how many publications one churns out each year, and how many corporate and professional advisory boards one serves on–and how much money one makes.  The integrity of the…

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Psychiatry’s most powerful and influential key opinion leaders who belong to the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) have been caught off guard. The ACNP leadership is scrambling  to overcome the scorn it has received following public disclosure about multiple breaches of ethics and professional standards of conduct. The College and its journal, Neuropsychopharmacology, have become…

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