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... Continue Reading →
I lifted that straight off of Furious Seasons. Go read there. This is the article from CBC in Canada.
Metabolic syndromes are now being associated with doubling the risk of breast cancer. Neuroleptics (the atypicals) often cause metabolic syndromes. SSRIs have more recently been implicated as well. TUESDAY, June 30 (HealthDay News) -- Women with high blood pressure, elevated glucose and other components of metabolic syndrome might be at increased risk for postmenopausal breast... Continue Reading →
Not approval yet but getting there. I covered this story last week. For continued coverage click on through to Furious Seasons. Update: More commentary by Philip Dawdy added after this post went up.
From the Washington Post a couple of days ago: Doctor's "worry"---ha! better late than never I guess...then again there is no sign they are looking for any alternatives besides OTHER drugs which will undoubtedly do some other horrendous thing. We need to get to the root of things. Not mask and cover symptoms which is... Continue Reading →
You know how we always say the docs should take the drugs if they're going to hand them out. Here you go. Meet a doc who did and he's not singing quite the same tune as your average psychiatrist. From The New Zealand Herald: In 1993 Richard Bentall went a bit mad. He voluntarily took... Continue Reading →
As some of you may know the FDA is reviewing the use of Seroquel for all sorts of stuff at the bequest of AstraZeneca. I've covered it a bit here but many others have done a better job. Look here at Furious Seasons for good background info. Here is the latest tid-bit from the LA... Continue Reading →
Oh how I wish the powers that be would see that all these drugs are HAZARDOUS with any sort of long term use whatsoever. Any dose, any cocktail---all bad! UGH!! From Medscape Today Polypharmacy With Antipsychotics Not Beneficial, Potentially Hazardous Persistent polypharmacy and excessive dosing with antipsychotics is common among mentally ill outpatients, even though... Continue Reading →
This is really exciting news over all from the St. Petersburg Times: Nudged by public pressure, Florida health officials took a baby step last year toward reining in the use of powerful antipsychotic drugs among children: They began requiring that doctors get approval before giving these drugs to kids under 6 on the Medicaid program.... Continue Reading →