Today’s news reports about an increase suicide rate in 2004 offer an opportunity to witness how the media unwittingly disseminates pharmaceutical industry generated propaganda.

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Dr. E. Jane Costello, a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Duke University, acknowledges: “The system of diagnosis is still 200 to 300 years behind other branches of medicine.”  Psychiatry also fails to be guided by an evidence-based positive benefit / risk assessment of its prescribed treatments.

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Infomail 2005 News Stories on Human Research Protection and Commentary by Vera Hassner Sharav Subscribe to the AHRP infomail list Dec 16: Drugs, Devices & Doctors – NYT Paul Krugman Dec 11: Scientific Fraud & Corruption on Both sides of Atlantic: Merck / Proctor & Gamble Dec 11: Gov Accountability Project Creates "FactSquad" on Rx…

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“Depressionology” is Alive and Well Wed, 16 Mar 2005 When science fails to provide a rationale – there is “depressionology” The writer has an article as well as editorial in this APA publication: Andrew A. Nierenberg, Polina Eidelman, Yelena Wu, and Megan Joseph Depression: An Update for the Clinician Contact: Vera Hassner Sharav 212-595-8974 Focus…

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Risks: Drugs / Vaccines / Trials / Treatment Evidence of antidepressant harm Oct 14, 2005: Andrew Finkelstein Letter to Dr. Russell Katz, Director, Neuropharmacological Drug Products, FDA about FDA’s Failure to Warn about Neurontin-Suicides Aug 29: FDA Response to Utah Court Must Be Truthful Re: Zoloft / SSRI Suicidal Risks Jul 21: Two Court Rulings…

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AHRP Position Statement on Mental Health Screening – FDA Hearing Re: Drug Advertising Wed, 02 Nov 2005 FDA is holding public hearings (Nov 1, 2) Re:  Direct-to-Consumer Promotion of Medical Products at: National Transportation Safety Board Boardroom and Conference Center 429 L’Enfant Plaza, SW., Washington, DC 2 Time: 9:00 –5:00. Ellen Liversidge will submit testimony…

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Infomail 2005 News Stories on Human Research Protection and Commentary by Vera Hassner Sharav Subscribe to the AHRP infomail list Dec 16: Drugs, Devices & Doctors – NYT Paul Krugman Dec 11: Scientific Fraud & Corruption on Both sides of Atlantic: Merck / Proctor & Gamble Dec 11: Gov Accountability Project Creates “FactSquad” on Rx…

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