Why Isn’t Big Pharma Paying for the Harm it Caused?

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From Alternet: The pharmaceutical industry has played a major role in causing the opioid crisis by downplaying the potentially addictive and fatal effects of narcotic pain...

“Canadian Patients Fight Forced Electroshock”

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"A retired nurse, a Harvard-educated musician and others sued British Columbia this week, claiming it forcibly subjects mental health patients to electroconvulsive therapy and...

Increased Risk of Preterm Birth in Women Taking Antidepressants

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A detailed meta-analysis of the published research on women taking antidepressants during pregnancy finds that the rate of preterm birth is nearly doubled in the third...

$3 Million Awarded to Widow who Sued Pharmaceutical Firm

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From Chicago Tribune: GlaxoSmithKline must pay $3 million to the widow of a man who killed himself after taking the antidepressant paroxetine. Article →­
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Lithium: A Survivor’s Guide for Parents

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When I was a young adult, I was misdiagnosed with bipolar disorder and placed on lithium. I am 61 years old now, living on the edge of end-stage kidney disease. If I could undo everything, by all means, I would not have taken this drug. It is not safe for anyone at any age.

Ohio Attorney General Sues Prescription Opioid Manufacturers

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Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has filed a lawsuit against five leading prescription opioid manufacturers and their related companies in Ross County Court of Common...

Fire In The Belly

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What goes wrong for the 10-15% of women who feel like hiding under the covers instead of gazing blissfully into their newborns peaceful face? Is it expectations unmet? Is it hormones? Is it the brain? Having spent several years treating these women, I believe that what we are calling postpartum depression and anxiety is in fact postpartum immune dysfunction, and its attendant inflammation.

PTSD and Psychiatric Medication Linked to Dementia in Older Veterans

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Veterans diagnosed with PTSD and taking SSRIs, novel antidepressants, or atypical antipsychotics are more likely to develop dementia.

New Hope for Depression

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In this piece for TIME, Mandy Oaklander provides a comprehensive review of the current status of and potential future directions for the depression treatment industry. The...

Harvard’s Madras Critiques University of Pittsburgh Marijuana Study

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Bertha Madras, professor of psychobiology at Harvard Medical School, has printed a critique listing 20 flaws to a recent study finding no differences in physical or mental health problems between users and non-users of marijuana.

Antidepressants Linked to Increased Risk of Preeclampsia in Pregnancy

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Pregnant women taking antidepressant medications, especially during the second trimester, have an increased risk of preeclampsia, a potentially serious or even fatal condition.
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Disinhibited

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The party would continue for a time, but an inevitable crash ensued. I left my family, was fired from my job for uncontrollably screaming at my boss, and gambled away whatever money I had left in the stock market. A debilitating depression soon began, of a magnitude I could not previously have imagined. I had lost everyone and everything in my life.

Researcher: 60,000 Americans Now Taking Antipsychotics Will Die Prematurely

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-A fired government health economist says that his research was showing that 60,000 Americans now taking antipsychotic medications will die prematurely.

Common Sleep Aid Dangerous Due to Wide Misuse

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Zolpidem, the active ingredient in many common sleep aids, accounts for more emergency hospital visits than any other psychoactive drug.

Gallup: “Americans’ Views of Pharmaceutical Industry Take a Tumble”

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“In Gallup's annual measure of 25 major U.S. business sectors, the percentage of Americans with a positive view of the pharmaceutical industry dropped from 40% in 2014 to 35% this year, while the percentage with a negative view rose from 36% to 43%.”

Editorial Misconduct: Finnish Medical Journal Rejects Paper on Suicide Risk

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Editorial misconduct is as serious as scientific misconduct, and doctors should know how dangerous antidepressants are, at all ages. I have therefore uploaded my correspondence with the Finnish Medical Journal regarding my paper they rescinded their offer to publish.

Semen Abnormalities Associated with SSRI Antidepressants

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The French non-profit organization Prescrire has produced a special report about the impacts of SSRI antidepressants on male fertility.

QuarterWatch Reports: Perspectives on Emerging Drug Risks

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A new issue of QuarterWatch critiques the recent Ciprani meta-analysis on antidepressants and reports on the adverse effects of the newest antidepressant, vortioxetine. Report →

Antipsychotic Drug Associated with Potentially Fatal Skin Rash

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The US Food and Drug Administration is warning the public that the antipsychotic medication ziprasidone "is associated with a rare but serious skin reaction...

Report Calls For Policy Changes In Response To Dependence and Withdrawal From Prescribed Drugs

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Statistics from the UK reveal that prescriptions for painkillers and antidepressants continue to rise despite concerns over dependence and debilitating withdrawal effects. The British Medical Association (BMA) Board of Science has released a report that acknowledges changes to medical practice, research and policy necessary for addressing the dependence and withdrawal effects of benzodiazepines, opioids, and antidepressants.

Drug Treatment of ADHD – Tenuous Scientific Basis

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From Tidsskriftet: Over the past three decades, there has been a dramatic increase in the diagnosis and pharmacological treatment of ADHD. Recent systematic reviews reveal...

FDA Updating Guidelines on Pregnancy and Drug Use

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The US FDA has launched a campaign to dispel the "myth" that women shouldn't be taking any medications while pregnant.

BPS Releases Review of Alternatives to Antipsychotics

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BPS releases report encouraging behavioral interventions for people with dementia, rather than antipsychotics

“More on the Clinical Trial Disaster in France”

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Just last week one person was declared brain dead and five more were hospitalized after taking a psychiatric drug in a clinical trial. Writing for Science, Martin Enserink provides more information about the drug as new details emerge.

Study Identifies Link Between Antidepressants and Newborn Hypertension

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A new study, published in the American Journal of Physiology, investigates how the use of antidepressants during pregnancy can lead to a life-threatening lung...