Amendment to Curb Antipsychotics Fails in Senate


An amendment to an FDA bill, proposed by Senators Herb Kohl, Charles Grassley, and Richard Blumenthal to “ensure that these drugs are being appropriately used to treat people with mental illnesses, not used to curb behavioral symptoms of Alzheimer’s or other dementias,” failed to pass in the Senate despite passage of the bill to which it was attached.

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Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].


    • Or maybe they are just concerned about who is picking up the tab for antipsychotics in nursing homes??

      I think it is ridiculous to write, much less try to pass legislation on protocols related to the practice of medicine. – Are senators more enlightened than pharma reps when it comes to issuing guidelines for off label uses of psychotropic drugs? IF so– or maybe so– hey, now— we don’t need prescribers, do we? Anybody can get into the act !

      We do need some legislation to pave the way for direct criminal prosecution for mislabeling people -mentally ill and prescribing brain damaging drugs-. We do need laws that address the absence of scientific evidence as a reason to remove all credibility from biomedical psychiatry – a long running show of willful deceit for profit that has caused serious harm.

      WE do need to speak out about the myriad ways our tax dollars are flushed down the john….

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