Thursday, November 26, 2020

5,012 Englishwomen Poisoned Last Year by Benzos, 8,501 by SSRIs

Addiction Today reports "Attention on illicit drugs has deflected focus from the gigantic scale of harms by legal, prescribed drugs. We give you the...

Crowdfunding Science

Scientific American explores a crowdfunded approach to researching methamphetamine addiction, suggesting the approach is adaptable to pursuing other questions that are challenged to find...

Jury Awards $4M for Topamax Birth Defect

After an hour of deliberation, jurors decided that the anticonvulsant Topamax (topiramate) had, in fact, caused April Czimmer's son to be born with a...

J&J Alleged To Hide Evidence That Risperdal Grows Boys’ Breasts

"A drug that was never meant for kids was illegally marketed to kids," said a lawyer for the plaintiff in opening remarks for the...

Bipartisan Agreement on Mental Health Treatment

The New York Times on Obama's $235 million initiative: "Mental health unites lawmakers Republican and Democrat, urban and rural, even those with safe seats...

Louisiana Court Rejects J&J’s Bid to Throw Out $258 million Risperdal Award

The state appeals court of Lake Charles, Louisiana found that "the trial court was not manifestly erroneous in casting (Johnson & Johnson owner) Janssen...

Bleuler’s Continued Legacy

This month's Neuropsychobiology reviews, in two articles, the continued legacy of Eugen Bleuler - originator of the term "schizophrenia."  An article from Switzerland states that...

South Dakota Court Revives Cymbalta Suicide Case

A federal appeals court has reversed a lower court's summary judgment in favor of Eli Lilly,   allowing the parents of a South Dakota...

Australian Hospital Locks Up & Injects Wrong Man

An unidentified man who matched the description of an "eloped" patient was brought to Graylands Hospital in Perth, where he was injected with an...

J&J Asks to Keep Risperdal Studies Under Seal

Law 360 reports that Johnson & Johnson asked a Pennsylvania judge to keep a series of clinical studies related to the drug Risperdal under...

Former Drug Reviewer Speaks Out About FDA Failures

TruthOut interviews a former drug reviewer for the Center For Drug Evaluation and Research at the FDA, who says the center "placed the nation...

State Of Mind Series Highlights Changes To Vermont Mental Health System

Vermont Public Radio's series State of Mind will explore the ripples through Vermont's mental health system since Tropical Storm Irene washed away the State Hospital. In...

Pharma Prosecutions Begin to Pay for Themselves

In what may prove to be a tipping point for prosecutions against pharmaceutical companies, states are beginning to see their "enforcement efforts pay for...

Tension Over Clinical Trial Data Disclosure Escalates

Pharmalot reviews the escalating tension over clinical trial data disclosure. The PhRMA trade group has come out in opposition to AllTrials, a petition drive...

Lawyers Review Claims for SSRI Birth Defects

As the number of SSRI birth defect lawsuits climbs to the point that hundreds are being consolidated in a massive class action in the...

Pharma Execs Barred from Federal Programs

Three former executives from Purdue Pharma have been barred by a federal appeals court from doing business with federal healthcare programs such as Medicare...

The Coming Tsunami of Mental Health Care for ‘Boomers

A report released yesterday by the Institute of Medicine, at the request of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, says "at least...

Europe Issues Policy on Access to Clinical Trial Data, Criticisms Continue

The European Medicines Agency has announced in a press release its final policies on the open publication of data from clinical trials. Ed Silverman...

One in Seven Scots Take Antidepressants

Following a fourfold-increase in antidepressant use in Scotland over the last two decades, one in seven Scots are taking the drugs.  Prescriptions for antipsychotics...

Glaxo Claims Contrition and Changes in its Sales Practices

Following a record-setting spate of settlements, GlaxoSmithKline North America President Dierdre Connelly touts Glaxo's move away from a sales model that encourages the misbehavior...

ADHD in DSM-5: Lower Specificity, Increased Rates

Research from Iran points out that "there is no empirical literature about the American Psychiatry Association proposed new diagnostic criteria for attention deficit disorder."...

Global Survey: Do Antidepressants Work?

The Guardian and its partners in Europe - Le Monde, El Pais, La Stampa, Gazeta Wyborcza and Suddeutsche Zeitung - are conducting a global...

Department of Defense Reveals Forced Drugging of Detainees

A report from the Deputy Inspector General of the Department of Defense, obtained by Truthout under a Freedom of Information Act request, confirms that...

J&J Gets $257 Million Risperdal Verdict Thrown Out in Louisiana

A Louisiana appeals court has thrown out a $257 million verdict which held Johnson & Johnson liable for deceptive practices in marketing its antipsychotic...

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