Thursday, June 01, 2006

Psychiatrist Weirdo Exposed

Psychiatrist Dr. Jose Valladares of the Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida, USA has been arrested for sending pictures, of his penis amongst other things, to a girl whom he knew to be only 14 years old. He also solicited sex from her.

Valladares has been the subject of a two month predator investigation. The ‘14 year old girl’ turned out to be a Tequesta Police Department detective.

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Psych Drugs Supposed to Treat Depression in Fact Lead to Suicides

GlaxoSmithKline and the U.S. FDA have sent a letter to doctors warning that the antidepressant Paxil could increase the risk of suicidal behavior in young adults.

During clinical trials testing the drug, there were 11 suicide attempts made by participants taking Paxil, compared to only one suicide attempt among those taking a placebo. The 18-30 age group was at the highest risk, accounting for eight of the 11 Paxil-related incidents.

Most antidepressants currently have labels warning patients of the risk of suicidal behavior. The FDA has stressed that patients taking Paxil should be carefully monitored.

New York Times May 12, 2006

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Psychiatrist Pays Hush Money

Psychiatrist John Owen Honey from Footscray in Victoria, Australia is being investigated by the Medical Practitioners Board of Victoria for sexually taking advantage of one of his femal patients, and then buying her silence with $100,000. Apparently the price for a gross abuse of trust is a bit higher.

The hearing is continuing today.

Monday, May 29, 2006

Psychiatrist to Celebrities Suspended?

The following is an extract from an email I have just received. Does anyone out there have any more information on this?

"Another interesting case coming up at the General Medical Council is that of Massimo Ricci, psychiatrist to celebrities. I have no idea what he is supposed to have done but it must be pretty serious because they have suspended his registration pending a hearing. Someone told me that it has been hushed up by the media."

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Top Psych On The Run

Psychiatrist Tonmoy Sharma, senior lecturer at the Institute of Psychiatry in London UK has been busted for fraud and for lying about his credentials.

He is accused of attempting to get data in a drug trial changed as well as of obtaining a free supply of the psych drug Clozaril for a study which he subsequently then sold for tens of thousands of pounds. He also claimed to be a professor which was untrue.

At one time Sharma was offered the Chair of psychiatry at University College London. The institute of Psychiatry in an attempt to hush the matter up conducted its own enquiry which exonerated Sharma of any wrongdoing.

This exoneration was ignored by the government health watchdog, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency who have proceeded with charges. Sharma has fled the UK for India.

Friday, May 26, 2006

Psych Goes Down for Drugs and Fraud

Former Beach psychiatrist gets 3½-year term in drug, fraud case
By AMY JETER, The Virginian-Pilot
© May 25, 2006

NORFOLK — A former Virginia Beach psychiatrist was sentenced Wednesday to 3½ years in federal prison for unlawfully distributing prescription narcotics and improperly billing Medicaid.

Jeremy A. Stowell, 64, had pleaded guilty to illegally prescribing OxyContin, methadone and vicoprofen and to charging Medicaid, including for some patient visits that never occurred.

District Judge Raymond A. Jackson ordered Stowell to pay a $20,000 fine and $32,929 restitution to the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services. The judge also barred Stowell from employment in any medical profession.

“The court would probably consider you a blue-chip drug dealer,” Jackson said. “No sound physician would do what you did.”

In April 2004, Stowell distributed 10 tablets of vicoprofen to a person “not having legitimate medical need,” according to court papers, and in January 2005, the physician prescribed 60 OxyContin tablets and 150 methadone tablets for a patient who was purportedly out of state rather than at an appointment. That patient was an undercover officer.

In the health care fraud charge, Stowell billed Medicaid for an appointment that a patient already had paid for, appointments the patient did not attend and appointments in which the patient sent someone else on their behalf. In those cases, too, the patient was an undercover officer.

Stowell also charged Medicaid after he was barred from participating in federal health care programs after a mail fraud conviction in 1994.

Stowell, who acquired a Virginia medical license in 1970, surrendered it last summer at the behest of the state Board of Medicine.

According to reports from the board, Stowell had prescribed drugs to patients with histories of narcotics abuse without properly monitoring them and to patients who he knew were sharing the drugs with others. In some cases, he didn’t document the reason the drugs were needed, according to the report.

On Wednesday, a licensed clinical social worker testified about Stowell’s compassion and his work helping adolescents. “It will be a tragic loss to the community to not have him in practice,” Susan Avery testified.

After the hearing, Stowell’s attorney, Franklin A. Swartz, said his client was relieved. “He wants to get his sentence over with and get on with his life.”

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

I'm right about anti-depressants, says Cruise

Indo-Asian News Service

London,, May 22, 2006

Tom Cruise is refusing to back down from his stand against psychiatry and anti-depressants, saying they harm people.

According to Contactmusic, Cruise, who is a devout Scientologist, wants to make people aware of the harm they are in for even though he knows that his opinions are unpopular.

He says: "I know this is controversial. And people don't have to listen to me. But they should find out about this for themselves. I really do care about people, and I care about the way their lives are being harmed by these drugs."

"I am not saying that women, men and children don't come up against problems in life. But drugs aren't the solution. There's this huge industry, this machine, pushing us to hurry up and put our kids on drugs. Well, you know what I say to that machine? I say screw you.

"Controversy doesn't bother me because I know what I am saying is right."

You're a good man Mr Cruise. My wife and children loves your movies also.