Sunday, April 11, 2021

Study Examines Who Gets Recruited for Psychosis Research

Study examines who gets approached and who gives consent for research on psychotic disorders.

“Mental Health Bill Caters to Big Pharma and Would Expand Coercive Treatments”

Oryx Cohen at TruthOut explains why the "Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act (HR 2646) - commonly known as the 'Murphy Bill' - appears to cater more closely to the desires of pharmaceutical companies than to the actual needs of people in psychological distress, perhaps because of Murphy's connections to key lobbyists." "If the Murphy Bill is passed, psychiatric hospitals and pharmaceutical companies will reap huge financial benefits as a result of increased hospitalization and forced treatment."

Failure to Report, Patients at Risk”

"A STAT investigation finds that “Most research institutions — including leading universities and hospitals in addition to drug companies — routinely break a law that requires...

“Woman Hospitalized Involuntarily Wants Legal Aid for Mental Health Hearing”

A Canadian woman is attempting to assert her right to a lawyer in order to fight an involuntary psychiatric hospitalization. While homeless, the patient...

“Survivors Push for Withdrawal Hotline and Change”

“Two Scots whose lives have been ravaged by prescription drugs are battling for ­recognition of the devastating withdrawal issues as well as proper support for victims,”...

NSUN is Advocating for a Rights-Based Mental Health Act

The National Survivor User Network (NSUN) has expressed concerns about the UK government's plans to reform the Mental Health Act, as the government's current approach...

What Happens When You Stop Taking Psychiatric Medications

From Pacific Standard: A new study surveyed people who have come off psychiatric medications to come up with information doctors can use to help support their...

TV Documentary Funded by Doctor with Industry Ties

From STAT: A new documentary, "The Painful Truth," chronicles the plight of several patients struggling to find treatment for their chronic pain, suggesting that physicians...

Treatment Guidelines Downplay Antidepressant Dependence

A review of treatment guidelines published in Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics found that guidelines “shy away from stating clearly that SSRIs/SNRIs, like BDZs, are often (though...

You Might be in a Medical Experiment and not Even Know it

From Aeon: Medical experiments are increasingly being conducted without the informed consent of participants. Article →­

Chinese Psychiatric Patient Wins Long Battle for Freedom

From South China Morning Post: A middle-aged Chinese man diagnosed with mild schizophrenia has won a four-year, high-profile legal battle to be released from a...

Hospital Website Health Care Information May Not Be Reliable

An investigation found that many US hospital websites were more like advertising outlets than educational portals.

“Robert Neugeboren, Survivor of Psychiatric Abuses, Dies at 72”

Robert Neugeboren, who “spent most of his adult life in institutions, often subject to isolation, physical punishment and numbing medication,” was “a celebrity of sorts in the world of the mentally ill: a survivor of the horrors of mistreatment, a case history for those who point to the positive effects of kindness and talk therapy, and, perhaps most of all, the embodiment of the bottomless mystery of the human mind.”

FDA: New Depression Drug “Not Approvable”

Gepirone, a new depression drug by Fabre-Kramer Pharmaceuticals, did not meet the FDAs efficacy standards. The new drug application for gepirone has now received...

Some Social Scientists are Tired of Asking for Permission

From The New York Times: The Department of Health and Human Services's Office for Human Research Protections recently revised its rules for social science research. Studies...

There’s Little Evidence Abuse-Deterrent Opioids Work

From STAT: In recent years, the pharmaceutical industry has proposed using abuse-deterrent opioids - those that make it more difficult to crush, snort, or inject...

“We Need to Unlock the Brain’s Secrets—Ethically”

-The Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues has released a report on key ethical challenges facing the BRAIN Initiative.

Time for Full Transparency on Pharmaceutical Money

From The Toronto Star: Ontario law should require pharmaceutical companies to not only disclose payments to physicians but also make public their contributions to all...

Canadian Institute of Health Identifies Provinces Overprescribing Antipsychotics

“A new study is giving insight into how long-term care patients in the province are progressing — or, in some cases, worsening — over time. It found those living in central Newfoundland are more likely to be given antipsychotic drugs they don't need.”

“It Might Not Be Dementia—How Pharma for Seniors Can Go Seriously Wrong”

For Alternet, Martha Rosenberg discusses the dangers of overmedicating seniors and older adults. She interviews Dr. Harry Haroutunian about his new book, “Not As...

“Public Wary of Faster Approvals of New Drugs, STAT-Harvard Poll Finds”

According to a new STAT-Harvard poll, the majority of Americans oppose new legislation that would speed up the approval of new drugs and medical...

Drug Company Sales Reps Should be Banned From Hospitals

From STAT: Despite evidence that drug company sales reps skew prescribing habits, relatively few hospitals have taken the step of barring them. This is a...

“Opioids and Benzos Not a Good Combination, Health Directors Say”

“Health Commissioner Leana Wen will join other health directors across the country today in asking the federal government to require a ‘black box warning’...

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