Benzos Increase Risk of Fractures

A meta-analysis of all relevant studies on MEDLINE, EMBASE, OVID and ScienceDirect published through January 2013 finds that the use of benzodiazepines, especially short-acting,...

Psychotherapy Shows Positive Outcomes in German Hospitals

In what the authors describe as "the first meta-analysis on the effectiveness of psychotherapeutic hospital treatment in Germany," two Hamburg University Medical Center researchers...

Hearing on H.R. 3717 (“Murphy Bill”) to Take Place Tomorrow

The House Subcommittee on Health will hold a hearing tomorrow (Thursday, April 3, 2014) on the ā€œHelping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act," also...

Members of FDA Advisory Committee Offer Perspectives on Flibanserin Approval in JAMA

In the September issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) three FDA advisory committee members describe the convergence of factors that made the committeeā€™s recommendation to approve flibanserin especially challenging and politically charged.

National Initiative Launched to Get People Out of Prisons and Into Treatment

The American Psychiatric Foundation has announced the launch of a pharmaceutical company-funded national initiative to move people from jails into psychiatric care.

Systematic Review of Systematic Reviews Finds Systematic Under-Reporting of Adverse Events

A systematic review by researchers from Canada, the U.K., and China finds that the 4,644 systematic reviews studied "compounded the poor reporting of harms...

Moving Schools Linked to Psychosis in Early Adolescence

Furthering findings that social adversity and urbanicity increase the risk of psychosis, research in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry finds that moving schools, family adversity,...

Psych Meds Found in the Home of Woman Killed in D.C. Car Chase

Miriam Carey, who was shot and killed yesterday by D.C. police after she attempted to drive through a White House barricade with her 1-year-old...

FDA Applies Uneven Standards to New Drugs’ Safety and Efficacy

A study in the Journal of the American Medical Association finds that, although "many patients and physicians assume that the safety and effectiveness of...

Authorities Ignoring Deaths, Forced Electroshock in Irish Mental Health System

An internal government investigation found that authorities did not investigate 50% of deaths that occurred inside mental health services in Ireland, reports the Irish...

Fava: Antidepressants in Severe Cases, Short Duration Only

Giovanni Fava has published an integrative analysis of the different sources of scientific research into antidepressants in Psychotherapy and Somatics. ā€œThe use of antidepressant...

Common Sleep Aid Dangerous Due to Wide Misuse

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

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...

Robot Bullies Rats into Depression to Test Antidepressant Medication

Japanese engineers have devised a robotic rat that bullies laboratory rats into a state of depression, creating a model of human depression they deem...

Cigarette Smoking and Cannabis Equally Associated With ‘Psychotic-Like’ Experiences

Research from the Netherlands finds, in a nationwide survey of 1929 young adults, that cigarette smoking and cannabis were equally strongly associated with the...

Illinois Allows Psychologists to Prescribe Drugs

The American Psychological Association is lauding a new Illinois law allowing certain types of psychologists to prescribe psychiatric medications. ā€œThis is a landmark moment...

Antidepressants Associated With Increased Driving Risk

Researchers from the Taiwan and the United States find through a study of 5,183 subjects with motor vehicle accidents (MVAs) and 31,093 matched controls...

Long-term Safety of ADHD Drugs Has Never Been Studied

Even though about 10% of American children have been diagnosed with ADHD and most are taking stimulant medications for it, Boston Childrenā€™s Hospital researchers...

Benzodiazepines Linked to Increased Risk of Alzheimer’s: Causation or Not?

According to a study in the British Medical Journal, benzodiazepine use is associated with a significantly increased risk of developing Alzheimerā€™s disease. Some experts...

Pfizer Accused of Knowing Zoloft Antidepressant Caused Birth Defects

The first of more than 1,000 lawsuits about Zoloft and birth defects has gotten underway.

More Lawsuits Likely in Zoloft-Related Birth Defects

Injury Lawyer News reports on the many lawsuits filed in relation to Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of the Newborn (PPHN), a birth defect linked to...

Military Study May Show Medication/Suicide Link

A large-scale study of depression-related brain activity may also reveal whether a connection exists between the high rates of both psychotropic medication and suicide...

Medicaid Fraud Argued Before 7th Circuit Court of Appeals

MIA blogger (and lawyer) Jim Gottstein presented a 20-minuteĀ Oral Argument inĀ ex rel Watson v. King-VasselĀ in front of the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago last Thursday.Ā "The technical issue on appeal is a lawyer nerd question about whether expert testimony is required," said Gottstein, "but I like to think it contains a succinct and clear explanation of why even though a doctor can prescribe a drug for anything, if they prescribe one off-label to a child they are causing a False Claim (committing Medicaid Fraud) unless the use has support in at least one of the specified drug references called Compendia."

Risperdal Plaintiffs Ask Judge to Unseal Clinical Studies Data

Attorneys representing about 300 lawsuits alleging that Risperdal causes enlargement of breast tissue in men have asked a Pennsylvania judge to unseal relevant clinical...

Nursing Home Director Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison for Medicating Residents With Psychotropic...

The former director of a California nursing home has been sentenced to 3 years in prison for inappropriate medication of 23 individuals. All of...