Next Phase in Psychiatry? Or, NIMH Effort to Rescue Bad Drugs – WSJ Fri, 29 Jul 2005 The Wall Street Journal uncritically reported: “The results of the largest studies ever conducted of depression and schizophrenia will be released in coming months, potentially transforming the way patients are treated and shaking up some of the drug…

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Natrecor found to worsen kidney function, hasten death – NYT Tue, 17 May 2005 Natrecor, a drug approved by the FDA for treating patients with heart failure, is being widely prescribed off label for unapproved uses. The drug is prescribed for so-called “tune-ups” in outpatient clinics – although that use has not even been tested.…

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Screening for Mental Illness–A Diabolical, Profit-Enhancing Experiment Fri, 22 Oct 2004 Concerned citizen groups are joining our effort to stop the government from implementing a sweeping recommendation for lifetime screening for mental illness. If implemented, the first to be screened for hidden mental illness are America’s 52 million school children and 6 million school employees.…

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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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TeenScreen: Who Pays for Treatment and Drugs?? Sun, 29 May 2005 In her latest examination of the President’s Commission on Mental Health recommendation for universal mental health screening, Evelyn Pringle focuses on the $$$ it costs and on how screening, followed by prescribing psychotropic drugs, is bankrupting of public health budgets: “The number one problem…

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Risperdal Linked to Stroke; Zyprexa linked to Diabetes Fri, 11 Apr 2003 Two highly promoted, best selling neuroleptic drugs (also called, antipsychotics) are linked to life-threatening drug-induced conditions. The Boston Globe reports (below) that elderly people who are prescribed Risperdal are at increased risk of stroke. The manufacturer, Johnson and Johnson, sent letters of warning…

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Treating children as young as 4 for bipolar – WSJ Thu, 26 May 2005 A report in The Wall Street Journal should raise serious concerns about the legitimacy of psychiatric diagnosing and drug prescribing for children. The Journal reports that close to 20,000 US children are being diagnosed with bi-polar disorder, a condition that had,…

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Medication switched for research purposes – patient nearly dies Tue, 11 Nov 2003 The Boston Globe reports that an investigation by a state oversight agency, “uncovered numerous ethical violations at the Solomon Carter Fuller Mental Health Center by Boston Medical Center physicians contracted to treat patients there.” Boston University Medical Center also contracts with pharmaceutical…

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Netracor J & J heart Drug May Raise Risk of Dying Wed, 20 Apr 2005 A new research challenges the safety level linked with the drug ‘Natretor.’ Scios Inc., a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson is the maker of “Natrecor.” “Researchers say that the use of heart-failure drug Natrecor results in death within a month…

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Trial Lawyers Are Taking Aim at the Drug Industry_NYT Sun, 18 May 2003 It appears that trial lawyers will produce the results that government oversight agencies–in particular, the FDA–have failed to do. Namely, to protect the public against an increasing number of unsafe drugs. The pharmaceutical industry whose efforts to hide the adverse effects of…

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