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Complaint about a surge of FDA administrative approvals for expanded use of highly toxic antipsychotic drugs for children. Approvals were determined by Dr. Thomas Laughren after secret deliberations–without disclosure of scientific data, without  an advisory panel or open public discussion. 

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Zolft pediatric study in JAMA challenged by peers – JAMA letters Fri, 9 Jan 2004 At the time that two manufacturers publicly acknowledged that their antidepressant drugs (Paxil / Seroxat and Effexor) were unsafe, and ineffective for children, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published a clinical trial report by the “Sertraline Pediatric…

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FDA Strong Drug Ties-Less Monitoring – UK MHRA Mon, 6 Dec 2004 A front page article in The New York Times provides a historical perspective to the shift in FDA’s focus (in 1992) from watchdog safeguarding the public against hazardous drugs, food and medical devices, to its current role as industry’s marketing facilitator. Dr. David…

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UK Doctors told to stop giving antidepressants to children – Glaxo Warns of Paxil Birth Defects Wed, 28 Sep 2005 Related Link – See Guidelines at: http://www.nice.org.uk/page.aspx?o=273073 The UK National Health Service has taken a decisive, responsible step to protect the lives of children who are being exposed to serious risks of harm from psychotropic drugs. The…

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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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Guardian Reports: MHRA to Issue New SSRI Restrictions Mon, 14 Jun 2004 The Guardian reports that the British Committee on safety and Medicines, which was first to issue warnings about the potential suicidal risk for children prescribed an antidepressant of the SSRI class, are now about to issue similar warnings for use in adults: “The…

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Integrity of Medical Regulators Wed, 8 Jun 2005 The UK MHRA (equivalent of US FDA) has been caught in flat out public deception. The MHRA–which is entirely funded by the pharmaceutical industry–had claimed that two thirds of professional organizations it consulted favored selling a heart medication (Zocor Heart-Pro) without a physician’s prescription. But, the Guardian…

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National Assoc School Psychologists Communiqué Re: Paxil, SSRIs Thu, 18 Dec 2003 In a Communiqué to its membership about regulatory action to protect children from the hazards of Paxil and other antidepressants, The National Association of School Psychologists acknowledges the leading role played by The Alliance for Human Research Protection in publicizing the action taken…

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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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Analysis of paroxetine Yellow Card adverse drug reaction reports (Seroxat/Paxil) Thu, 20 Nov 2003 A unique analysis of the British Yellow Card Reporting system for adverse drug reactions (ADR) found that the nature, the scope and severity of ADRs relating to drug dependency and suicidal behavior from the antidepressant paroxetine (Paxil / Seroxat) have been…

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