(Psych) Drug induced dementia — higher rates of Alzheimer’s too

This is not the first time psych drugs have been linked to dementia, but it’s certainly not something we hear about often enough. With an aging generation of people who’ve been on psych meds for their entire adult lives it’s an issue that needs to be faced. It’s yet another serious adverse effect that psychiatric drugs can cause. In this current NBC piece they are speaking only about benzodiazepines. All psych drugs have been associated with various sorts of mental decline, however. … [click on title to read and view more]

Robert Whitaker on Psychiatric Drugs (interview CBC Radio)

Robert Whitaker has argued for years that millions of the people who are prescribed those drugs derive no benefit from them. And in fact, the drugs may make their illness worse.

Mr. Whitaker’s criticisms were controversial when he published his research in a 2010 book calledAnatomy of an Epidemic: Magic Bullets, Psychiatric Drugs and the Astonishing Rise of Mental Illness in America. That book, though, won the 2010 Investigative Reporters and Editors Book Award, and since its publication, an increasing number of psychiatric researchers have come to agree with his conclusions. … [click on title for the rest of the post]

Pharma flees facebook

Facebook apparently used to allow pharma pages to not allow comments from the masses. That has changed and now people can comment about pharma’s drugs on their pages. What is happening as a result of that? Pharma is abandoning facebook. It’s too dangerous to let their consumers speak freely on their pages because, well, the truth might come out!

Off-label marketing: the competition for “biggest corporate fine” gets juicy

It is so important to admit when you’re wrong.  So here goes… When I wrote that Astra-Zeneca paid the biggest corporate fine in American history ($520 million) for the off-label marketing of Seroquel, an atypical antipsychotic [I wrote that here]; I was wrong. (NOTE: off-label marketing is the promotion of a drug – whether amongst patients, doctors, or other […]

You mean the study partcipant’s priorities are important, BY LAW?

The Short Answer: YES.  At the very least, a definite “maybe”…  Let me explain. The Long Answer: What I’m referring to is the World Medical Association’s Declaration of Helsinki, a list of ethical guidelines for medical human subjects research, itself not international law, but the international ethical standard.  The declaration has been codified into national law in […]