SSRI

    GSK and Catch 22


    Moms On Antidepressants Have Babies With Malformed Brain


    (NO MORE FAKE NEWS) – A federal bill, HR 3717, is being refined in the hope of gaining big support from both sides of the political aisle. Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.) is the key point man for the American Psychiatric Association. This bill is playing off of Aurora, Sandy Hook, Boston, and other recent “mass events.” (more…)


    Hush Little Baby Don’t You Cry;
    Mama’s Gonna Buy You An SSRI


    (ANH USA) – Are We About to Make Criminals Even More Violent? At least 1 million American prisoners suffer from mental illness, and of these only 15% of local inmates and 27% of state prisoners currently receive some treatment in the form of psychotropic drugs. (more…)


    Twenty-six years have passed since Prozac, the antidepressant drug, was introduced to the US market and quickly achieved the label of a “wonder drug.” (more…)


    (NATURAL NEWS) – New research suggests that one of the more popular antidepressants, Paxil, may actually contribute to the growth of cancerous tumors in women. (more…)


    (NY TIMES)After more than 50 years leading the fight to legitimize attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Keith Conners could be celebrating. (more…)


    (VACCINE LIBERATION ARMY) – Insomnia drugs like Ambien are notorious for their side effects. Has Merck created a blockbuster replacement? (more…)


    (NATURAL NEWS) – Many of the world’s most unhappy and depressed people live in developed countries where rates of antidepressant use have skyrocketed over the past decade, says a new report issued by the U.S.-based Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). (more…)


    GAIA HEALTH –Brintellix is being marketed with implications that it’s the best antidepressent yet and that it’s exceptionally safe. What is this based on? (more…)


    21 Sep (SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN) – Once again, antidepressants have been linked to an episode of horrific violence. The New York Times reports that Aaron Alexis, who allegedly shot 12 people to death at a Navy facility in Washington, D.C., earlier this week, received a prescription for the antidepressant Trazodone in August.  (more…)


    23 Jul (ANH)The FDA has approved the first non-hormonal treatment for hot flashes associated with menopause. The agency defied its own panel’s recommendation against approval because slight benefit is not worth the risk of suicide (and, we might add, addiction). (more…)


    12 Mar (WALES) – In the England and Wales there are roughly 5000 suicides in roughly 60 million people per year.  This would until recently have led to around 2000 hangings per year, 34 hangings per million people per year, 3.5 per 100,000 people per year.  Bridgend in South Wales has a population of 40,000.  The greater Bridgend area has a population of 130,000. There should be 18 hangings per 100,000 people over a 5 year period, 24 per 130,000 per year.  (more…)


    6 Jul (NATURAL NEWS) – What is causing a dramatic spike in the number of suicides among psychiatric outpatients in one of Illinois’ most prestigious psychiatric programs? That’s what researchers would like to find out, though a number of observers think the phenomenon could be related to (more…)


    6 Aug – We spend more than £250 m a year on antidepressants in the UK – and it’s a complete waste of money.  They are not much better than sugar pills, they have nasty side – effects, such as sexual dysfunction, and they increase young people’s risk of suicide.  New research shows they don’t even work on the brain in the way we thought they did. (more…)


    Since 2006, Mexican cartels have killed 28,000 men, women and children in drug-related violence.  As troubling as these numbers are, those deaths and injuries represent a fraction of those who are negligently killed or injured by US doctors and drug companies every year.  Based upon admissions information, 3,607,000 patients suffered adverse drug reactions in 1994 alone(more…)


    The majority of persons who committed suicide in Sweden in 2007 had received extensive treatment with psychiatric drugs within a year of committing suicide.  In this independent report, reporter Janne Larsson analyzes the 2007 suicide data documented by the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare (NBHW) and from the regional (more…)


    July 20  –  GlaxoSmithKline Plc has agreed to pay more than $1 billion to resolve more than 800 cases alleging its Paxil antidepressant caused birth defects in some users’ children, according to people familiar with the settlements. (more…)


    A South Florida psychiatrist who was treating a 7-year-old foster child before the boy committed suicide last year has received a warning from federal drug regulators who say he failed “to protect the rights, safety and welfare” of children enrolled in clinical drug trials.  In a strongly worded letter dated Feb. 4, regulators at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Dr. Sohail Punjwani over-medicated children who were enrolled in clinical trials for undisclosed drugs. (more…)


    You arrive for work and someone informs you that you have until five o’clock to clean out your office. You have been laid off. At first, your family is brave and supportive, and although you’re in shock, you convince yourself that you were ready for something new. Then you start waking up at 3 A.M., apparently in order to (more…)


    It’s a truth verging on a truism that journalism is about telling stories. But what exactly is it that narratives—good stories—do for us?  Stories work because they explain important or unusual or compelling events in terms of our everyday psychology—the causal principles that we all understand by the time we are 4.  A good journalist explains why the health care bill failed, for example, by telling us about the beliefs, desires, and emotions of the wavering senators. (more…)


    Her mother’s murder trial has been over for a couple of weeks now, but I’m still haunted by little Rebecca Riley.  Why did no one manage to rescue this 4-year-old child as her parents pumped her full of powerful psychotropic drugs, drugs that would kill her? And how could the doctor who blithely prescribed those drugs have escaped even the slightest penalty? (more…)


    Many of the horrific school, workplace and mass shootings that have plagued parts of the world over the years may not have occurred if the pharmaceutical industry had been completely honest about the side effects of psychotropic medication, according to the new book Side Effects: Death – Confessions of a Pharmaa Insider by former executive director of the Swedish Branch of Eli Lilly & Company John Virapen. (more…)


    Twenty-six years have passed since Prozac, the antidepressant drug, was introduced to the US market and quickly achieved the label of a “wonder drug.” (more…)


    (NATURAL NEWS) – New research suggests that one of the more popular antidepressants, Paxil, may actually contribute to the growth of cancerous tumors in women. (more…)


    (NY TIMES)After more than 50 years leading the fight to legitimize attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, Keith Conners could be celebrating. (more…)


    (VACCINE LIBERATION ARMY) – Insomnia drugs like Ambien are notorious for their side effects. Has Merck created a blockbuster replacement? (more…)


    (NATURAL NEWS) – Many of the world’s most unhappy and depressed people live in developed countries where rates of antidepressant use have skyrocketed over the past decade, says a new report issued by the U.S.-based Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). (more…)


    GAIA HEALTH –Brintellix is being marketed with implications that it’s the best antidepressent yet and that it’s exceptionally safe. What is this based on? (more…)


    21 Sep (SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN) – Once again, antidepressants have been linked to an episode of horrific violence. The New York Times reports that Aaron Alexis, who allegedly shot 12 people to death at a Navy facility in Washington, D.C., earlier this week, received a prescription for the antidepressant Trazodone in August.  (more…)


    23 Jul (ANH)The FDA has approved the first non-hormonal treatment for hot flashes associated with menopause. The agency defied its own panel’s recommendation against approval because slight benefit is not worth the risk of suicide (and, we might add, addiction). (more…)


    12 Mar (WALES) – In the England and Wales there are roughly 5000 suicides in roughly 60 million people per year.  This would until recently have led to around 2000 hangings per year, 34 hangings per million people per year, 3.5 per 100,000 people per year.  Bridgend in South Wales has a population of 40,000.  The greater Bridgend area has a population of 130,000. There should be 18 hangings per 100,000 people over a 5 year period, 24 per 130,000 per year.  (more…)


    6 Jul (NATURAL NEWS) – What is causing a dramatic spike in the number of suicides among psychiatric outpatients in one of Illinois’ most prestigious psychiatric programs? That’s what researchers would like to find out, though a number of observers think the phenomenon could be related to (more…)


    6 Aug – We spend more than £250 m a year on antidepressants in the UK – and it’s a complete waste of money.  They are not much better than sugar pills, they have nasty side – effects, such as sexual dysfunction, and they increase young people’s risk of suicide.  New research shows they don’t even work on the brain in the way we thought they did. (more…)


    Since 2006, Mexican cartels have killed 28,000 men, women and children in drug-related violence.  As troubling as these numbers are, those deaths and injuries represent a fraction of those who are negligently killed or injured by US doctors and drug companies every year.  Based upon admissions information, 3,607,000 patients suffered adverse drug reactions in 1994 alone(more…)


    The majority of persons who committed suicide in Sweden in 2007 had received extensive treatment with psychiatric drugs within a year of committing suicide.  In this independent report, reporter Janne Larsson analyzes the 2007 suicide data documented by the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare (NBHW) and from the regional (more…)


    July 20  –  GlaxoSmithKline Plc has agreed to pay more than $1 billion to resolve more than 800 cases alleging its Paxil antidepressant caused birth defects in some users’ children, according to people familiar with the settlements. (more…)


    A South Florida psychiatrist who was treating a 7-year-old foster child before the boy committed suicide last year has received a warning from federal drug regulators who say he failed “to protect the rights, safety and welfare” of children enrolled in clinical drug trials.  In a strongly worded letter dated Feb. 4, regulators at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Dr. Sohail Punjwani over-medicated children who were enrolled in clinical trials for undisclosed drugs. (more…)


    You arrive for work and someone informs you that you have until five o’clock to clean out your office. You have been laid off. At first, your family is brave and supportive, and although you’re in shock, you convince yourself that you were ready for something new. Then you start waking up at 3 A.M., apparently in order to (more…)


    It’s a truth verging on a truism that journalism is about telling stories. But what exactly is it that narratives—good stories—do for us?  Stories work because they explain important or unusual or compelling events in terms of our everyday psychology—the causal principles that we all understand by the time we are 4.  A good journalist explains why the health care bill failed, for example, by telling us about the beliefs, desires, and emotions of the wavering senators. (more…)


    Her mother’s murder trial has been over for a couple of weeks now, but I’m still haunted by little Rebecca Riley.  Why did no one manage to rescue this 4-year-old child as her parents pumped her full of powerful psychotropic drugs, drugs that would kill her? And how could the doctor who blithely prescribed those drugs have escaped even the slightest penalty? (more…)


    Many of the horrific school, workplace and mass shootings that have plagued parts of the world over the years may not have occurred if the pharmaceutical industry had been completely honest about the side effects of psychotropic medication, according to the new book Side Effects: Death – Confessions of a Pharmaa Insider by former executive director of the Swedish Branch of Eli Lilly & Company John Virapen. (more…)


    Although the year is young, it has already brought my first moral dilemma. In early January a friend mentioned that his New Year’s resolution was to beat his chronic depression once and for all. Over the years he had tried a medicine chest’s worth of antidepressants, but none had really helped in any enduring way, and when the side effects became so (more…)


    Twenty-two years after the US marketing of Prozac, which changed the marketing, prescribing and widespread consumption of psychoactive drugs–a meta-analysis of six large studies published in the Journal of the Medical Association (JAMA) confirms that industry’s blockbuster drugs, SSRI antidepressants were unable to outperform placebos (more…)


    Dec 28 2009 (MEDSCAPE) – Pam Harrison reports that “postmenopausal women taking either a tricyclic antidepressant (TCA) or a selective serotonin-reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) appear to be at increased risk for all-cause mortality, and SSRI users seem to be at increased risk for hemorrhagic and fatal stroke, although the absolute event risks are low, according to an analysis from the Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) study.” (more…)


    By the time Melody Petersen gets around to interviewing Iowa’s state nosologist near the end of “Our Daily Meds,” the facts that she cites don’t even sound that grim. The nosologist’s job is to catalog Iowa’s deceased according to cause of death. He processes about 27,000 death certificates a year. And by his reckoning there were only five deaths caused by adverse reactions to prescription drugs in 2002. That low figure is jarringly out of whack with Ms. Petersen’s investigative reporting (more…)


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