Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Psychiatry-Looking After the Whole Family

Seneca, South Carolina, U.S.A.

Psychiatrist Dr. Brenton Glisson of the “Whole Family Behavioral Health” clinic has had his licence suspended whilst his activities are considered by the State Board of Medical Examiners.

Glisson had an “inappropriate relationship” with a patient’s Mother. He also had a sexual relationship with a 40 year old patient. During the same period he also had an “intimate relationship” with a 36 year old patient. Also a Mother claims that he acted inappropriately with her 13 year old son.

That just about covers the whole family.

Psychiatrist Suffers From Delusions

Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
Psychiatrist Dr. Ian Martin was recently struck off the medical register after being described by the Medical Complaints Tribunal as a “sexual predator who preyed on his patient’s specific vulnerabilities”.

Martin announced to the media yesterday (with a straight face) that people are dying because he is no longer practising

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Children-Don't Educate Them, Just Drug Them

The New Hampshire Committee was set up to study the over-prescription of the drug Ritalin.

Dr. Fredenburg a member of the committee said: “ believe the drug helps children unable to put up with an education system that doesn’t tolerate variation in how students learn.”

So they you have it. First spend decades degrading the education system and then, when it is so bad that children are no longer able to learn, stuff psychotropic pills down their throats to shut them up.

Dr. Fredenburg unwittingly sums the simple truth behind the whole sorry business.

Monday, August 29, 2005

Mental Healt Rip-Off

Louisiana’s mental health program has been wide open to fraud and abuse... and fraud and abuse is what has happened.

Now the state Dep. of Health and Hospitals has taken steps to reign in the out-of-control parts of its operations.

The operating costs of the programs have risen from $9.8 million in 1998 to $58 million in the financial year ending June 30, 2005. This is the same period when consumer groups are claiming that the standard of service actually fell.

Deputy Secretary Raymond Jetson says "There has been a tremendous growth in the number of people providing the services, and certainly there has been reason to question the quality of some of those services that have been provided."

That is a very gentle way of saying that the psych industry has been ripping off the taxpayers again.

The fraud and abuse only came to light due to a scathing report by the Advocacy Center, a New Orleans nonprofit group, which studied the operations for nearly two years. Isn’t it amazing that the state was unable to even identify, let alone rectify the problems associated with dealing with the psych industry on its own?

Sunday, August 28, 2005

Psychiatrists Complicit

GlaxoSmithKline is being targeted by victims of the deadly psychotropic Paxil. Merck is being targeted for its sale of the deadly Vioxx. More major pharmaceuticals are about to find themselves in the legal gunsights of victims.

When Big Pharma has been sued into a semblence of enforced decency then it will be time to litigate against the individual psychs and their official organisations who have knowingly covered up their knowledge of the dangers of antidepressants and who are therefore complicit in the crimes.

Paxil-Equal Opportunity Destroyer

News Released: August 27, 2005
Consumers Join Forces to Protest Against Antidepressant Paxil and Kickoff Boycott of Drug Company GlaxoSmithKline

(PRLEAP.COM) CHATTANOOGA, TN, August 27th, 2005/PRLeap/ — Consumer drug advocates from across the United States, Canada and elsewhere are converging on drug giant GlaxoSmithKline’s US corporate headquarters located in Philadelphia, PA this September 26th through 28th in what could turn out to be a massive demonstration against the company’s top selling drug called Paxil. The event is called the "Paxil Protest."

"Paxil is a dangerous and defective drug. That is absolutely the case," said Rob Robinson, the event’s organizer. "The swath of devastation, misery and sometimes death which Paxil has unleashed the world over is simply staggering. Yet GlaxoSmithKline has done everything in its power to keep the sinister truth about Paxil from going public. What’s at stake for the company is a multibillion dollar revenue stream that sales of Paxil have generated for almost ten years."

"GlaxoSmithKline has claimed since 1992," Robinson said, "that Paxil is ‘safe and effective’ after it was approved by the Food and Drug Administration — end of story. But it’s the beginning of the story which GSK conveniently forgets, or rather doesn’t want the world to know about, and that is the fact that Paxil’s FDA approval was based on the company’s submission of fraudulent Phase III clinical trials. As such, GSK’s claim that Paxil is ‘safe and effective’ is specious at best."

"The truth is Paxil represents the greatest fraud ever perpetuated within the pharmaceuticals industry," Robinson said. "But thanks to the unsparing efforts of attorneys representing Paxil victims evidence of this fraud has been uncovered in GlaxoSmithKline’s confidential files. One trial and it all comes out. And that is going to be one huge news story — on the order of Merck’s Vioxx."

A much anticipated Paxil trial set to take place May 2nd of this year was delayed for at least another six months. Robinson says he is not surprised: "GSK has spent hundreds of millions of dollars fighting to keep the truth about Paxil from coming out, but at the end of day I’m confident the company’s efforts will fail."

Approximately 5,000 U.S. citizens have filed suit against GlaxoSmithKline asserting they became addicted to Paxil and then suffered withdrawals when quitting the drug as a consequence of the company failing to warn them of the drug’s dangers. Several thousand more persons have sued GlaxoSmithKline in the UK on the same basis. "Paxil’s reach extends into medicine cabinets the world over, and cuts across all social classes," Robinson said. "Paxil is an equal opportunity destroyer."

Some lawsuits filed against GlaxoSmithKline are on behalf of patients who started Paxil — only to discover they could not stop taking the drug, even with expert medical help. (One patient in Britain was told by her doctors that ‘heroin would have been easier to wean [herself] off and recover from.’)

"Paxil withdrawal symptoms can be so severe and protracted it requires an almost superhuman strength to endure them," Robinson said. "Not surprisingly, some people cannot, and as a consequence commit suicide. Others victims have resumed use of Paxil to escape withdrawal symptoms, but will have to take the drug for the rest of their lives whether they want to or not. In other words, they’ve become lifetime Paxil addicts."

Robinson stated that a review of the medical literature shows that, on average, over one-third of people taking Paxil for any extended period of time experience withdrawal symptoms, and of those, 21% experience severe withdrawal symptoms. In the clinical trials of Paxil, a significant percentage of patients (up to 50% according to some studies) experienced withdrawal.

"There is a huge disconnect between what GSK tells the public about Paxil, and what the truth about Paxil is. That disconnect extends to GlaxoSmithKline’s labeling of the drug throughout the world. GSK is a very big company with an even bigger problem of telling the truth," Robinson said.

In an October 19, 2000 deposition taken of Dr. David Wheadon, Senior Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Product Professional Services for GlaxoSmithKline, Dr. Wheadon stated "there have been a number of systematic studies in humans looking at the potential for Paxil for abuse, tolerance and physical dependence. So actually, there is data to date to negate the statement that it has not been systematically studied, because, in fact, it has been." However, Paxil’s June, 2005 drug labeling states "Paxil has not been systematically studied in animals or humans for its potential for abuse, tolerance or physical dependence."

At the time of Dr. Wheadon’s testimony Paxil’s U.S. drug label claimed: “Paxil is non-habit forming, may cause mild, usually temporary, side effects in some individuals" and further that Paxil “has been studied both in short-term and long-term use and is not associated with dependence or addiction.” "Those claims are now known to be utterly false," said Robinson.

"No discerning member of the public, or the press, will believe that Dr. Wheadon was simply mistaken or ill-informed at the time of his year 2000 deposition," Robinson said. He (Wheadon) knows as much about Paxil as anybody at Glaxo; all one has to do is peruse his sworn testimony to see that’s clearly the case." (Access Dr. Wheadon’s complete testimony at the Paxil Protest web site.)

Dr. Wheadon’s association with Paxil spans two decades; he was part of the original GSK team which presented Paxil’s clinical trials during the FDA’s October 5th, 1992 hearing wherein the company first sought — and later gained — the agency’s approval for the drug.

A Paxil Protest web site, launched on August 8th, 2005, has already received over a quarter of a million ‘hits.’ "The response from the public has been one of exuberance. Which is hardly surprising given the fact that this represents the first time in history a multinational drug company has successfully been targeted using the Internet as a public relations weapon," Robinson said. "The Internet is providing the public the matchless ability to organize and direct participants ‘on the ground’ and to further respond in real time to a highly fluid and dynamic public relations environment. It’s almost like having the equivalent of an AWACS radar plane circling over a public relations battlefield."

The Paxil Protest web site, well organized and easy to navigate, lays out a compelling indictment not only of Paxil, but also of GlaxoSmithKline. "Virtually all of what you’ll see at the Paxil Protest web site was assembled from news stories, medical journals, depositions and the like. It was simply a matter of pulling all the facts together into one big package for the public," Robinson said. "I challenge GlaxoSmithKline to dispute the accuracy and veracity of anything published to the web site."

The Paxil Protest web site also includes important information for Paxil users who might wish to quit the drug. "What I did not want to have happen is to have Paxil users come to the site, panic, and then abruptly quit the drug. The consequences could be disastrous. That’s why an entire web page addresses the issue of how to get off Paxil safely, or as safely as possible."

"I am confident the public as well as the media will discover information that is newsworthy and highly informative on virtually every page of the Paxil Protest web site" Robinson said. "Plenty of story angles to be had," he added.

Robinson, a Paxil survivor himself, said it took several years of intermittent but intensive research to assemble the information presented at the Paxil Protest web site. "My goal was to make it as easy as possible for the public to get to the truth about Paxil — the sinister truth which GlaxosmithKline hides from the world." He describes the Paxil Protest web site as ‘the definitive Paxil Information Clearinghouse.’

As many as 1,000 or more protesters might attend the Paxil Protest. "We simply have no way of forecasting how many people might show up; after all, the call to action is going out the world over," Robinson said.

Victims and survivors of other SSRI drugs such as Prozac, Effexor and Zoloft are also expected to attend in a show of community support.

Rob Robinson
Event Coordinator
The Paxil Protest

Saturday, August 27, 2005

Big Pharma Resists Push For Drug Awareness

From: Medical News Today August 11, 2005
Drug Companies Blast FDA Drug Safety Site

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) complained that a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plan to release preliminary findings about prescription drug side effects on a Drug Watch Web site would lead to confusion and "irrational fears."

The Web site, which is in planning stages for a launch later this year, will have safety information about medications currently under FDA review. Medications or classes of treatments would only be placed on the Web site if the new Drug Safety Oversight Board finds enough evidence of safety concerns to warrant additional research.

PhRMA claimed that the information would be "too vague and preliminary to be of any value," and that the Web site might exceed the FDA's authority, or violate a law that regulates what information can be released by federal agencies.

A Damning Admission

From Business Week:

“The shift to drugs tailored to a specific genetic profile will bring massive changes to a pharmaceutical industry long wedded to treatments that can be taken by millions upon millions. Most prescription medicines are now effective for fewer than half of the people who take them -- and the side effects can be worse than the illnesses.

‘From a strategic standpoint, of meeting the needs of our customers, the current blockbuster model doesn't work,’ concedes Sidney Taurel, chairman and CEO of Eli Lilly & Co.”

Friday, August 26, 2005

Students Reject Psychiatry

Medical students in Thailand are shunning the practise of psychiatry by refusing to study it.

A report from the Bangkok Post noted that only twenty psychiatrists a year are being produced by the Thai medical system.

Twenty too many, but still a good sign.

Thursday, August 25, 2005

The Profits of Doom

U.S. market share of antidepressants in the first half of 2005, by sales:

Zoloft $1,550,000,000
Effexor XR $1,290,000,000
Lexapro $1,030,000,000
Cymbalta $270,000,000
Other $970,000,000
Total: $5,110,000,000
Source: IMS Health

Fraudulent Prescriptions

Psychiatrist Dr. Stephen Perry, 35, has been found guilty of serious professional misconduct after fraudulently writing massive prescriptions for drugs for a friend. He was only caught because the chemist (druggist) became suspicious due to the amounts being prescribed.

Perry was forbidden by the General Medical Council from prescribing to his friend again, but other than that was told that he could practice without restriction. That severe slap on the finger should certainly put a stop to that nonsense.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Good Time to Short Big Pharma

GlaxoSmithKline’s main contribution to the drug problem is Paxil.

A Norwegian study conducted by researchers at the University of Oslo and just released in the BMC Medicine Journal says that the antidepressant Paxil is linked to a higher risk of suicide attempts in adults. This conclusion was based on a review of 16 studies of the GlaxoSmithKline ‘medicine’ in comparison to a placebo.

How can companies successfully market drugs supposedly to treat depression when the main side effect of the drug is suicide? How does the FDA justify allowing these drugs on the market?

Watch out for GlaxoSmithKline’s stock to tumble south toward Merck land. The whole pharmaceutical industry looks like a very dodgy and dangerous place to invest right now. Good time to short Big Pharma in general.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Alice in Psychiatric Wonderland

Townsville, Queensland, Australia
Psychiatrist Ben Vorster, who wrote a reference for the pedophile fake psychiatrist Vincent Berg who recently fled the country, also fled the country after being found with a loaded gun in a ‘mental health’ clinic.

It’s an Alice in Wonderland scenario. And they want more funding?

Lawsuits Have Merck in Their Sights

It has been estimated that Vioxx could have caused 27,785 heart attacks or deaths since it was approved for use in 1999.

More than 3,800 lawsuits have been filed so far against the pharmaceutical manufacturer Merck in the U.S.A. alone on the Vioxx issue.

After the awarding of $US253,000,000 to a victim of Viocc in the US, lawyers in Australia, England and Scotland are now gearing up claims on behalf of the hundreds of victims there.

Monday, August 22, 2005

After the Horse Had Bolted

Queensland, Australia
Vincent Berg, accused of being a fake practitioner of the fake science of psychiatry (does that make him the real deal?) has fled the country.

After it was acknowledged that he had flown overseas from Brisbane airport a police spokesman announced that they had "put out an alert at all airports". Possibly that was a fake policeman.

Berg, who apparently was a convicted pedophile, is under investigation for allegedly molesting a Queensland boy.

Sunday, August 21, 2005

The Real War on Drugs

The Real War on Drugs
The real War on Drugs that is being raged is a war between the Pharmaceutical companies and free people everywhere.

At the moment the government and media are on the side of Big Pharma. They have been staunch allies for decades. Many politicians and most media accept money and ‘gifts’ from Big Pharma.

The psychiatrists are the primary (but not only) pushers of Big Pharma’s dodgy drugs. The psychiatrists are supported by various so called mental health consumer groups. Both psychiatrists and the ‘mental health consumer groups’ are completely in the pocket of Big Pharma to the extent that they would not exist without the massive direct funding, ‘bonuses’ and overseas ‘conferences’ doled out to them by Big Pharma.

Real medical drugs are not all bad, sometimes they are life saving. No one in their right mind would object to drugs per se. But the philosophy being incrementally thrust upon us by Big Pharma, and supported by government legislation , that we all need to be on drugs all the time to be healthy (compliant) is INSANITY.

The Merck case (providing it isn’t successfully appealed) is the tipping point that will stop this evil in its tracks. Thank God for democracy and the jury system. Big Pharma can and does buy off an awful lot of people, but it obviously still isn’t easy to buy juries in the U.S.A.

Saturday, August 20, 2005

Merck is Found Guilty

Merck have been found guilty and ordered to pay the widow of a man who died from Vioxx $US253,000,000-.

The mainstream media are claiming that this exposes Merck to potential claims of around 20 billion dollars. They need to relook at their maths. They also claim that there are between 4000 and 8000 potential claimants in the US alone, with thousands more from the UK expected to join in litigation.

Four thousand times 1/4 billion is a trillion dollars. Pray that this is the start of court cases all over the world against the leeches of Big Pharma.

DC SSRI Protest

Today's Blog is larger than I think desirable... but too good not to publish.
August 24 DC Protest - Activists Against TeenScreen Will Attend

by Evelyn Pringle

TeenScreen is planting the seed of mental illness in the minds of children. School kids are being conned into taking a survey full of loaded questions and the results are being used to convince parents their children are mentally ill and need dangerous brain-damaging drugs.
All children at times feel depressed or different than others or not smart enough or not good-looking enough. This is normal adolescent thinking. The TeenScreen survey asks whether the child has ever felt this way and phrases questions to solicit one answer, yes. It takes advantage of impressionable kids when it raises questions about normal feelings.
After taking a survey that suggests they are abnormal, the next thing you know, Susie and Tommie will go running to the teacher saying, "you know, now that you mention it, I do have these thoughts and feelings, I must be mentally ill."
Mission accomplished. Two new customers. All the survey had to do was plant the idea in Susie and Tommie's mind.
The Bush appointed New Freedoms Commission on Mental Health issued a report in July 2003 urging the screening of school children in all 50 states and chose TeenScreen as the model program to ensure that all youth receive a mental health check-up before graduating.
The New Freedom Commission also recommended a drug treatment program based on the Texas Medication Algorithm Project (TMAP), which requires doctors to prescribe specific psychiatric drugs, including atypical anti-psychotics and antidepressants known as the Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors [SSRIs] that can lead children to commit suicide or other violent acts.
The truth is, the New Freedom Commission serves as the hub for a grand profiteering scheme involving the Bush administration, federal and local government officials, and drug companies to broaden the market for the sale of expensive but lethal drugs. If all goes according to plan, it will generate millions of new prescription drug customers.
For example, pharma reaped great rewards in Colorado where over 350 youths were screened at a homeless shelter using the TeenScreen survey. It determined that over 50% of the kids were at risk of suicide and 71% screened positive for psychiatric disorders.
Common sense would tell a person that kids at a homeless shelter might be suffering due to logical reasons such as not eating or sleeping properly. But you can bet that the TeenScreen squad marched these homeless kids right over to the nearest Medicaid office to line up funding to cover the cost of their newly prescribed drugs. Never mind that they don't have a bed to sleep in or a dinner table to eat at. Put them on magic pills and life will be grand.
TeenScreen is being used to push drugs on a population of kids who in the eyes of many experts are already overmedicated. An estimated 10 million children in the US are now taking mind-altering drugs which have documented side-effects of suicidal ideation, mania, psychosis, and future drug dependence.
Carol Boyd, director of the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at the University of Michigan, surveyed 1,017 middle and high school students in a Detroit-area public school district and found that almost half of the children had legitimate prescriptions for Ritalin and other psychiatric medications.
More kids on drugs are showing up for college. The University of Mary Washington reports that a record 24% of students using the school's Psychological Services program are taking some sort psychotropic medication that is capable of influencing a person's mental functioning.
The demand for services for 2004-2005 has risen 150% over last year, according to Psychological Services director Barb Wagar. The medications students are usually on are SSRIs, such as Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, for depression, Xanax for anxiety, and Ritalin or Adderall for attention disorders, Wagar reports.
According Bernard Chirico, vice president for student affairs and dean of students, this is also a national trend. "Nationally there has been a 91% increase in students at college counseling taking psychotropics between 1998 and 2003," he said.
Overall, on January 13, 2005 WebMD Medical News reported the findings of a government study that showed more Americans than ever are being treated for substance abuse, depression, and other mental health disorders, but the treatment they are getting is increasingly limited to prescription drugs alone.
The study assessed changing patterns in the treatment of mental illnesses from the mid-1990s to 2001, and determined that mental health drug costs rose 20% each year.
According to Economist Samuel H Zuvekas, PhD, who conducted the analysis, about 80% of the growth in expenditures can be explained by the increase in the use of SSRIs and other antidepressants, and high-priced schizophrenia drugs called "atypical antipsychotics," like Risperdal, Zyprexa, and Geodon.
The atypicals, which are also now being used to treat bipolar and anxiety disorders, cost roughly $8 a day, about 100 times more than the older antipsychotic drug, Haldol, the study noted.
Front Groups As Funnels
TeenScreen's promotional materials and web sites says its not supported or affiliated with any pharmaceutical companies. What a joke.
Laurie Flynn is at the helm of TeenScreen. Prior to her current job, her salary was paid by drug companies for 16 years while she was the top dog of the most prominent industry-backed front group of all time, the National Alliance of Mental Illness. A group dedicated solely to promoting and selling as many pills as humanly possible.
The pharmaceutical industry has long funneled money through front groups like NAMI which in turn provides funding for marketing campaigns.
According to Dr Peter Breggin, psychiatrist and founder of The International Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology, "These groups hold national meetings that bring together drug advocates to talk directly to consumers. They also put out newsletters and other information that praise medications. Sometimes they actively suppress viewpoints that are critical of drugs - for example, by discouraging the media from airing opposing viewpoints."
Flynn is also the author of an article titled, "Before Their Time: Preventing Teen Suicide," in which she states: "The TeenScreen Program developed 10 years ago by Columbia University and offered in partnership with the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill helps communities across the nation identify teens with mental illness who might be at risk for suicide."
Its kind of hard to dispute the charge that NAMI is a funnel for drug money being that its website lists "Corporate Partners, Grants, and Foundations," as Abbott, AstraZoneca, Bristol-Meyers-Squibb, Eli Lilly, Forest Lab, Glaxo-Smith-Kline, Jannsen, McNeil, Pfizer, and Wyeth.
So if TeenScreen is being "offered in partnership," with the NAMI, it stands to reason that drug money is involved.
Laurie McGuire, second in command of the TeenScreen project, gave a speech at the annual NAMI national convention, and explained the need to con kids and their parents into taking the survey. She told the audience that while only around 54% of parents would consent to the screening, when children themselves were asked, nearly 98% agreed to the idea of being screened.
"Getting the kids to buy in is such an essential thing because for the most part, you're distributing the consent forms to the kids to bring home to their parents and bring them back. So you have to get their buy in, you have to get them interested in it," McGuire said.
TeenScreen also recommends bribing kids with movie passes or gift certificates for pizza parlors.
Passive Consent is another trick TeenScreen uses to get around the law which requires obtaining a valid parental consent. Passive consent requires parents to return a form only if they do not want their child to participate in the screening. In Oregon, one NAMI member complained that consent forms were being returned with a large "NO" scribbled across the paper.
The problem is, even with passive consent, parents still have to agree to seek mental health treatment their children.
At the convention, NAMI members were told of the need to "loop" the kids to a mental health provider. The importance of getting kids to that first appointment was stressed. They were told that sometimes that might entail calling insurance companies to get the information on where to go and what is covered, and sometimes it would mean picking kids up and driving them to the first appointment.
Before the meeting ended, McGuire passed a notebook around the audience to solicit names of NAMI members who would be willing to be respond if there was a parental uprising against TeenScreen in their community. She explained that they might be asked to write a letter to the editor or go to a school board meeting, things like that.
TeenScreen has many supporting front groups listed in its informational material. Another example of a funnel is the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance which reports pharma financial backing equal to 53% of all revenue. According to its 2001 Annual Report, drug companies which donate between $150,000 and $499,999, include Abbot, Bristol-Meyers-Squibb, Eli Lilly, Pfizer, Glaxo-Kline, and Janssen. In addition, nearly all of the other major drug makers donate a lesser amount.
Another favorite mantra by TeenScreen officials is that the program is free and it doesn't get any government money. Well, something went haywire with the "free" mental health check-up business because, according to a July 11, 2005, article in the Peoria Illinois Journal Star, in Brimfield Illinois, "organizing the system and employing a part-time counselor specifically for the program is estimated to cost about $100 per student."
Overall, the "Brimfield High School program alone will cost around $20,000 for the first semester," the Journal wrote.
Let me repeat that so tax payers "get it," that is $20,000 tax dollars per semester to run this marketing scheme for pharma.
In Florida, according to a June 5, 2003 Weekly Planet article, Gwen Luney, assistant superintendent for supportive services for the Hillsborough County Schools, said TeenScreen would cost the school district roughly $200,000 a year.
Drugging Kids With Lethal Medications
On June 18, 2003, GlaxSmithKline issued a warning to British physicians against the use of Paxil in children, and acknowledged its failure in clinical trials "to demonstrate efficacy in major depressive disorders and doubling the rate of reported adverse events - including suicidal thoughts and suicide attempts - compared to placebo."
On December 18, 2003, Eli Lilly issued letters to British healthcare professionals, indicating that Prozac is not recommended for children - for any use.
The results of a recent study conducted at the Ottawa Health Research Institute were published in the February 2005 British Medical Journal. The study reviewed over 700 clinical trials involving 87,650 patients, and provided an all-inclusive look at the suicide risk with SSRIs, because it counted suicide attempts by subjects treated for a variety of conditions in addition to depression, including panic disorder, bulimia, and sexual dysfunction.
The study determined that patients taking SSRIs are more than twice as likely to attempt suicide as patients given placebos. The fact that there is a increased risk of suicide attempts for patients who were not depressed and were being treated for other kinds of disorders is highly significant.
Most of the drugs being pushed on kids are not approved for kids but even if they were it wouldn't mean much. What most people don’t realize is that to gain FDA approval, a company is not required to prove that a new drug is safer or more effective than an older drug. All it has to do is show that a drug provided better results than a placebo in short-term trial of often only 6 to 8 weeks, with a statistically significant group of patients, according to Bob Whitaker, investigative journalist and author of Mad In America.
We know these drugs are very dangerous. Nevertheless, there has been a very large increase in the numbers of children placed on SSRIs in the United States. Not only that, the fastest growing segment of users are age 0-5, reported Dr John Breeding, PhD, Director of Texans For Safer Education, and author of, The Necessity of Unproductivity and Madness, and The Wildest Colts Make The Best Horses, during Testimony to Texas House Select Committee, on October 4, 2004.
He called for a ban on the use of SSRIs for children and warned, "SSRIs are extremely harmful and addictive; and can cause or exacerbate suicidal or homicidal tendencies; withdrawal is painful and dangerous."
Psychiatrist Peter Breggin, a court-qualified medical expert, and author of books, Talking Back to Prozac and The Anti-Depressant Fact Book, The Ritalin Fact Book, warns about the life-long damage a label of mentally illness can cause.
"There is nothing worse that you can do to a human being in America today than give them a mental illness kind of label and tell them they need drugs and these children are 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 years-old being treated in this manner," Breggin reports.
Besides causing suicide, enough evidence now exists to prove that legally prescribed drugs have played a major role in the senseless acts of violence by school-age children all around the country in recent years. Little attention has been given to the FDA’s additional warning that certain behaviors are “known to be associated with these drugs,” including “anxiety, agitation, panic attacks, insomnia, irritability, hostility, impulsivity, akathisia (severe restlessness), hypomania, and mania,” according to Breggin.
For more than a decade, he said, "I have documented in books and scientific reports how this stimulation or activation profile can lead to out-of-control behavior, including violence."
"From agitation and hostility to impulsivity and mania, the FDA’s litany of antidepressant-induced behaviors is identical to that of PCP, methamphetamine and cocaine—drugs known to cause aggression and violence," he warns.
"One clinical trial showed a rate of 6% manic reactions for depressed children on Prozac," he reported, "None developed mania on a sugar pill."
Bob Whitaker, award winning journalist, author of Mad In America, explained what's happening to people who use of these powerful psychiatric drugs, during an interview in the August 2005 edition of Street Spirit,
"All these drugs may curb a target symptom slightly more effectively than a placebo does for a short period of time, say six weeks," he said. However, "what you find with every class of these psychiatric drugs is a worsening of the target symptom of depression or psychosis or anxiety over the long term."
And he added, "you see a fairly significant percentage of patients where new and more severe psychiatric symptoms are triggered by the drug itself."
So then, "instead of just dealing with depression, they're dealing with mania or psychotic symptoms," he said.
"They're now said to be bipolar and they're given an antipsychotic to go along with the antidepressant; and, at that point, they're moving down the path to chronic disability," Bob told Street Spirit.
It's brilliant from the capitalist point of view, Whitaker pointed out, "you take a kid, and you turn them into a customer, and hopefully a lifelong customer."
"Unfortunately, the cost is dishonesty in our scientific literature, the corruption of the FDA, and the absolute harm done to children in this country drawn into this system, and an increase of 150,000 newly disabled people every year in the United States for the last 17 years, he said, "That's an incredible record of harm done."
In July 2004, the Journal of the American Medical Association reported that during treatment with SSRIs, there was a "significantly higher risk of suicide and suicidal thoughts" during the first nine days of treatment and that children who were first starting treatment were 4 times more likely to think about suicide, and 38 times more likely to commit suicide. It also noted that children as young as five have committed suicide while taking these drugs.
Something apparently happened between then and now because the AMA recently did an abrupt turn around. On June 21, 2005 a MedPage headline read, "AMA Supports Use of SSRIs for Treating Teen Depression."
Experts in the field are outraged. Dr Ann Blake Tracy, Executive Director, International Coalition For Drug Awareness, and Author of Prozac: Panacea or Pandora? reacted strongly, "clearly there is no logical or sane excuse whatsoever for a doctor who professes to care about the well being of his patients to stand behind a group of drugs known to increase suicide by double," she said.
"It took us two decades to get the FDA to even issue what little bit of warning they gave with the black box placement on antidepressants," Dr Tracy explained, "and then because prescribing is down by 10% when it should be down by at least 90%, they are upset enough to make a move like this?"
"Of course," she reasoned, "this would be a necessary move to help push Bush's Teen Screen Program through the school system, which is the most likely reason for this seemingly insane move by the AMA. That is a program that will really bring in the business for them," Dr Tracy said.
Never-Ending Cycle Of Profits
Before we focus screening efforts on the children, I think we should screen all members of the Bush administration, and all officials at the FDA and CDC, to find out what happened to their consciences. Lets figure out how these people could allow pharma to push lethal drugs on kids and inject poisonous vaccines into a generation of children, without exhibiting any sign of guilt or remorse whatsoever.
In February 2005, Canadian regulators ordered the drug Adderall, used to treat attention deficit disorders, off the market after it was linked to 20 sudden deaths and a dozen strokes, 14 of which were children.
The dramatic growth in the number of children labeled as having Attention Deficit Disorders is man-made. Recent studies have shown that exposure to the mercury-based preservative, thimerosal, contained in childhood vaccines until recently, not only causes autism but can also result in a host of other neurological disorders.
And government regulatory officials knew about the harm vaccines were causing from a study they conducted in 1999.
According to a leaked transcript from a secret meeting of a CDC advisory committee in June 2000, upon reviewing the study on the link between thimerosal-vaccines and the rise in neurological disorders in children, Bill Weil, a pediatrician, warned the committee, "There are just a host of neurodevelopmental data that would suggest that we've got a serious problem.… The number of kids getting help in special education is growing nationally and state by state at a rate we have not seen before."
Committee member Robert Brent, a pediatrician from Thomas Jefferson University, stated: "The medical/legal findings in this study, causal or not, are horrendous ..."
"If an allegation was made that a child's neurobehavioral findings were caused by thimerosal-containing vaccines, you could readily find a junk scientist who would support the claim with 'a reasonable degree of certainty.'" Brent said, "But you will not find a scientist with any integrity who would say the reverse with the data that is available…. So we are in a bad position from the standpoint of defending any lawsuits if they were initiated, and I am concerned."
The CDC knows its in trouble for its part in the cover-up. Excerpt from pages 281-282 of the book, Evidence of Harm, by David Kirby describes an October 2003 visit by Dr Mark Geier, David Geier and Vale Krenik to the CDC Vaccine Safety Datalink in Georgia. The VSD monitor probably gave them more information than her superiors intended.
The monitor told the Geiers that she had been running VSD data on thimerosal for quite some time and knew the numbers inside out. She was assigned to look at the most recent data, checking to see what the rates for autism were doing. She was asked to determine if the numbers of diagnoses had begun to decline, especially in the younger children. If so, this would implicate thimerosal, which began to be phased out in 2000.
"'The autism numbers are going down,'" she said. "'We're watching them drop.'"
An independent study conducted by Geiers, using the CDC's VSD data, has determined that the risk of autism increased significantly with each additional 25 micrograms of mercury exposure, and that children who received 3 mercury-containing DTaP shots had an increased risk of autism nearly 27 times that of kids who got three mercury-free vaccines.
Since they believe vaccines have caused the damage in the first place, many parents resent the fact that the pharmaceutical industry is now raking in enormous profits from the sale of drugs to treat the disorders it created.
As one activist said a while back - its Christmas every day for these guys.
Countless damaged children are now being fed profitable drugs such as Ritalin, Adderal, Depakote, Risperdal, Zoloft and Strattera, when in fact, if a child is affected by mercury poisoning, the drugs can at best only mask symptoms.
"Do you think the pharmaceutical industry may attempt to prevent children from getting mercury testing due to fears of losing market share?" asks Nancy Hokkanan, mother of an autistic child.
I say yes absolutely, if there's a chance it might lead to a decrease in profits.
Evelyn Pringle
(Evelyn Pringle is a columnist for Independent Media TV and an investigative journalist focused on exposing corruption in government)
Update by activist Vince Boehm: The DC protest, August 24, 25, and 26, will be held in front of the White House and adjacent Lafayette Park and was organized by Allan Routhier (lost his wife to suicide after 7 days on Wellbutrin.
Activists who will attend besides Allan, Vince Boehm and Evie Pringle include Linda Hurcombe (from the UK, lost daughter to SSRI suicide), Tom and Kathy Woodward (lost daughter to SSRI suicide), Leah Harris (was drugged with SSRIs for years); Christopher Pittman's grandmother, Delnora Duprey; Mark Taylor (student shot at the Columbine); Ellen Liversidge (lost son to diabetes caused by an atypical), Dr Larry Plumlee, Dr Stefan Kruszewski, Investigator Allan Jones, Dr Ann Blake Tracy, and a host of others.

Psychiatric Weirdo

Napa County, California, USA
Psychiatrist Jeffrey Thomas Gray aged 48 has been found guilty of unlawfully issuing prescription drugs and possession of controlled substances.

He was also charged with felony possession of a controlled substance for sale and misdemeanour posession of child pornography.

Gray was ordered to pay $10,000- for the sexual exploitation of a female patient whom he had been ‘treating’ since she was sixteen.

The Medical Board of California suspended Gray's license to practice medicine.

Friday, August 19, 2005

The War on Drugs

Extracted from:

The raw (and ugly) truth about the war on drugs
Posted Aug 15, 2005 PT by the Health Ranger (Mike Adams)
Drugs are bad. Drugs destroy peoples' lives. Didn't you know that marijuana turns regular everyday people into zombie pot smokers? That's why we have a war on drugs in America: to protect our children from potheads.

Drugs are bad. Especially marijuana. I learned this the other day when I visited an elementary school as a guest speaker. The schoolchildren were well trained in describing the dangers of drugs. On command, they would spout out any number of statements describing them.

But then a funny thing happened. I started asking how many of them were on drugs. You know, drugs their doctor prescribed. Drugs that alter brain chemistry to keep them docile, or free of pain, or to dilate their lungs so they could breathe easier.

It turned out that 60% of these schoolchildren were either on drugs at that very moment, or had been on such drugs within the last twelve months. Two-thirds of the teachers were on drugs, too. And it's not at all a stretch to believe that 40% or more of all parents are on drugs. Mild-altering drugs like antidepressants, no less.

A nation of drug addicts
Fact is, we are a nation of drug addicts. We drug ourselves, our elderly and our children on a daily basis. We do it with prescription medications, over-the-counter pills, alcohol, caffeine, nicotine... and we say it's all fine because those drugs are legal.

But wait a minute, you say. Those legal drugs are different from marijuana. They're FDA-approved drugs, prescribed by a doctor. They have a medical purpose.

Oh really? Ritalin has a medical purpose? What medical symptoms does Ritalin treat, then? What measurable physiological state is addressed with Ritalin? There are none, of course. Ritalin is an authority drug. It keeps children in line. It makes teachers feel less stress and parents feel less guilt. Ritalin is a mind-altering narcotic, and yet millions of children are on it today. Its purpose is not to help children, but to make life more convenient for those who manage children.

Thursday, August 18, 2005

The link between psychiatry's drugs and violence

Escapee is the 4th school shooter who was taking a mind altering drug
Vancouver, August 16 /PR Direct/ - Todd Cameron Smith, the boy the police are searching for after he escaped from a Toronto group home, was the 4th out of 8 school shooters who were taking one or another of psychiatry's violence inducing drugs at the time of the shooting.

On April 28, 1999, Todd walked into his Taber Alberta high school with a sawed-off shotgun and shot and killed 16-year-old Jason Lang and wounded another boy.

A Document, in the form of a prescription, released to the Citizens Commission on Human Rights by the boy's mother, just after the shooting, verified that the 14-year-old shooter had indeed been prescribed a speed-type drug called Dexedrine by an Alberta psychiatrist just prior to the time of the shooting.

During a 1999 conversation between the boy's mother and a representatve of CCHR, shortly after the shooting, she reported that after a 5 minute consultation with the Alberta psychiatrist regarding the her boy's condition, he made a diagnosis and prescribed the drug Dexedrine. Soon after that Todd committed the act of senseless violence.

Brian Beaumont, President of the Vancouver chapter of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights said, "Todd Smith's Life, the lives of his mother, sisters and all other family members, not to mention the lives of the parents and friends of the kids Todd shot, are ruined. Although all individuals are ultimately responsible for there own actions, psychiatric meddling in children's lives with their bogus diagnosis and drugs play a large role in the monstrous crimes that have been committed by school shooters such as Todd Smith and others. After each school shooting psychiatrists rush in to defend their cash-cow, the administration of suicidal and violence inducing drugs with a vengeance, while denying the documented deadly effects of their drugs. The simple fact is that psychiatric drugs are the most common link in school shootings".

The following is a partial list of other school shooters who were known to be taking antidepressant drugs at the time of the shootings:

16-year- old Native American school shooter Jeff Weise was the 8th school shooter who had been taking a mind altering psychiatric antidepressant.

May 21, 1998: Springfield, Oregon: 15-year-old Kip Kinkel murdered his own parents and then proceeded to school where he opened fire on students in the cafeteria, killing two and wounding 22. Kinkel had been on an antidepressant.

April 16, 1999: Notus, Idaho: 15-year-old Shawn Cooper fired two shotgun rounds in his school narrowly missing students; he was taking a mix of antidepressants.

April 20, 1999: Columbine, Colorado: 18-year-old Eric Harris had been taking an antidepressant when he and his partner Dylan Klebold killed twelve classmates and a teacher The coroner confirmed that the antidepressant was in his system through toxicology reports. Dylan Klebold's autopsy was never made public.

May 20, 1999: Conyers, Georgia: 15-year-old T.J. Solomon was being treated with a mix of antidepressants when he opened fire on and wounded 6 of his classmates.

March 7, 2000: Williamsport, Pennsylvania: 14-year-old Elizabeth Bush was on an antidepressant Prozac when she blasted away at fellow students in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, wounding one.

The Citizens Commission on Human Rights was established by the Church of Scientology in 1969 to investigate and expose psychiatric violations of human rights.
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Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Psychiatric History Pt. 2
Kings Park State Hospital circa 1960
I was in the Intake unit and didn’t get to the locked long-term back wards very often. Perhaps once or twice. It was full of people sitting around on the floor (no furniture) babbling nonsense and drooling, and mostly naked. Right out of the movies only worse. Two or three were pointed out to me as having been lobotomized. Far worse was the Violent unit, which was terrifying and chaotic. They had a room near the nursing station where they kept people who were in “double restraints.” Strait-jacketed and strapped to a mattress-less bedspring.
I think what bothered me most was the diagnosis procedure. New patients, and patients about to be released, all had to undergo an official “diagnosis and disposition.”  Often highly confused, new patients were led in pajamas into a theater where a hundred or so people in suits were sitting in the audience. At a desk on the stage was a fat, imperious, arrogant bastard who was the hospital’s Clinical Director. His last name was Dr. ——- and he was related to —— ——. He’d ask four or five questions, then start dictating his impressions and diagnosis, right in front of the patient.
I don’t know if the procedure was purposely designed to be as humiliating as possible or not but it bothered me a lot.
Also, back then, they had a catchall category called “psychopathic personality disorder.” (Now they call them “sociopaths”). This was applied automatically and uniformly to criminals and murderers who lacked a conscience, and to alcoholics and homosexuals. The catch was that a personality disorder was not considered a mental illness so these individuals were ineligible for any kind of treatment, or any disability benefits. The hospital usually kept them for the required 30 or 60 days, then release them.
It never seemed to occur to them that someone with a personality disorder could also get severely depressed, or become schizophrenic, in addition to the personality disorder. Other doctors recognize that you can have two diseases at once. But not psychiatrists, for some reason. Because of this blind spot, nearly all studies of homosexuals, prior to about 20 years ago, were conducted among mental hospital patients, most of whom were severely depressed (often for good reason). Conclusions were then applied uniformly to ALL homosexuals. This resulted in an extremely skewed view of homosexuality and its causes.       
There is a short story about one of my “psychopathic” patients, a small-time gangster who wrote poetry, in my book “Weird Hikes.”
The ECT doctor at the hospital was one of the stupidest, and most insensitive people I’ve ever met in my life. How such a person became a doctor boggles the mind. He had no ability to relate to people whatsoever.

Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Push of Amphetamine Medications Spark Abuse

Over two million young people have abused prescription stimulants.

(PRWEB) August 13, 2005 -- A new report from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University shows that prescription drug abuse among teens tripled from 1992 to 2003. The survey indicated that one in 10 teenagers (10 percent), or 2.3 million young people, has tried prescription stimulants Ritalin and/or Adderall without a doctor's order.

Additionally, each year the Monitoring the Future study measures the extent of drug use among adolescents and young adults nationwide. The 2004 results on annual use indicate that 2.5 percent of 8th-graders abused methylphenidate (Ritalin), as did 3.4 percent of 10th-graders and 5.1 percent of 12th-graders.

In 1987, members of the American Psychiatric Association voted ADHD to be a mental disorder for inclusion in its Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). Because stimulant medicines such as methylphenidate do have potential for abuse, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has placed stringent, Schedule II controls on their manufacture, distribution, and prescription.

In 1995, in response to a petition by Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder (CHADD) and the American Academy of Neurology to lower the regulatory controls on methylphenidate, the DEA conducted an extensive review of the use, abuse liability, actual abuse, diversion, and trafficking of methylphenidate. The CHADD petition attempted to characterize methylphenidate as a mild stimulant with little abuse potential, however this is not what the review found and the petitioners subsequently withdrew their request.

A number of questionable practices have contributed to the diversion and abuse of stimulant medication including improper diagnosis, lack of adequate information to youth, parents, and schools regarding the abuse potential of these drugs and lax handling of medication (Consensus statement, 1996 DEA Conference).

The DEA findings concluded that long-term studies looking at the effects of using these drugs are very limited; the medical use of stimulants in the treatment of active children continues to escalate; the expansive use of these drugs for childhood behavioral characteristics in the United States differs significantly from medical practices in the rest of the world (United Nations data) and that poison control data, emergency room data and high school surveys all indicate that the abuse of methylphenidate has increased significantly since 1990.

The consequences of stimulant abuse can be extremely dangerous. Taking high doses of a stimulant can result in an irregular heartbeat, dangerously high body temperatures, and/or the potential for cardiovascular failure or seizures. Taking high doses of some stimulants repeatedly over a short period of time can lead to hostility or feelings of paranoia in some individuals.

One of the nation's largest and most successful drug rehabilitation and education programs, Narconon Arrowhead, reports an observable increase in those seeking treatment for substance abuse after having been prescribed amphetamines or abusing others' prescriptions and then winding up on other drugs. Luke Catton, a supervisor for Narconon Arrowhead said, "Those of us working in the rehabilitation and prevention field have enough people to help already. We don't need new addicts being created because of a subjective diagnosis that calls for giving kids addictive drugs."

Catton also points out that many of the symptoms of a child who's prescribed these harmful drugs align closely with signs of kids who are considered gifted and that the line between the two is too ambiguous.

Narconon Arrowhead is a non-traditional rehabilitation and education program that is highly effective in helping people become drug-free. Based on the research and developments by L. Ron Hubbard, the Narconon program continues to grow because of its effectiveness and education and rehabilitation centers now operate in nearly 40 countries.

For more information on drugs and addiction call Narconon Arrowhead today at 1-800-468-6933 or log on to

Monday, August 15, 2005

Mental Health Death

Adelaide, South Australia
In 2003 18 year old Thom Keogh was placed in the Adelaide mental health facility Palm Lodge.
He died in his room of a methadone overdose. His body was not discovered for several days.

Keogh was not a user of methadone and his Father is demanding an enquiry to find how his son died from an overdose of a drug that he had never used prior to being in the ‘mental health’ facility.

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Psychiatric History 1

Tony’s Story

I was only six when my Dad died in 1971 in N.J. From what I can remember he was in the hospital for a month or two before he died. They failed to tell my Mother that one of the risks of this frontal lobotomy was death. Now she has to live with being the one to “ok” this procedure and the fact that he was used for basically a guinea pig. If he would have survived we were told he would have been a vegetable.

I am 40 years old now and the older I get the more I miss him. I feel I have been robbed of what some people take highly for granted, a Father. God I miss him. He was an extremely intelligent man, training to be an Officer in the military when he past (sic) away. He touched many lives as a teacher, helping many children and families that had problems in school. He was a big loss to the teaching society.

An Insider at the FDA Spills the Beans

Secrets of the FDA Revealed by Top Insider Doctor
According to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), "Adverse drug reactions are the fourth leading cause of death in America. Reactions to prescription and over-the-counter medications kill far more people annually than all illegal drug use combined."

Annually, drug companies spend billions on TV commercials and print media. They spend over $12 billion a year handing out drug samples and employing sales forces to influence doctors to promote specifically branded drugs. The drug industry employs over 1,200 lobbyists, including 40 former members of Congress. Drug companies have spent close to a billion dollars since 1998 on lobbying. In 2004, drug companies and their officials contributed at least $17 million to federal election campaigns.

To get a full diagnosis of this provocative story, highly acclaimed health guru Gary Null sent his lead investigator and director of operations, Manette Loudon, to Washington, D.C. to interview Food and Drug Administration (FDA) employee and Vioxx whistleblower Dr. David Graham. What you are about to read may leave you questioning the safety of all drugs, but it is a story that must be told. Unless Congress steps up to the plate and changes policy at the FDA, millions more will become unwitting victims of adverse drug reactions from unsafe drugs.

Loudon: Dr. Graham, it's truly a pleasure to have the opportunity to interview you. Let me begin by asking you how long you've been with the FDA and what your current position is?

Dr. David Graham: I've been with the FDA for 20 years. I'm currently the Associate Director for Science and Medicine in the Office of Drug Safety. That's my official job. But when I'm here today I'm speaking in my private capacity on my own time, and I do not represent the FDA.

We can be pretty certain that the FDA would not agree with most of what I have to say. So with those disclaimers, you know everything is OK.

Loudon: On November 23, 2004 (during the) PBS Online News Hour Program, you were quoted as making the following statement: "I would argue that the FDA as currently configured is incapable of protecting America against another Vioxx. Simply put, FDA and the Center for Drug Evaluation Research (CDER) are broken." Since you've made that statement, has anything changed within the FDA to fix what's broken and, if not, how serious is the problem that we're dealing with here?

Dr. Graham: Since November, when I appeared before the Senate Finance Committee and announced to the world that the FDA was incapable of protecting America from unsafe drugs or from another Vioxx, very little has changed on the surface and substantively nothing has changed.

The structural problems that exist within the FDA, where the people who approve the drugs are also the ones who oversee the post marketing regulation of the drug, remain unchanged. The people who approve a drug when they see that there is a safety problem with it are very reluctant to do anything about it because it will reflect badly on them. They continue to let the damage occur. America is just as at risk now as it was in November, as it was two years ago, and as it was five years ago.

Loudon: In that same PBS program, you were also quoted saying, "The organizational structure within the CDER is currently geared towards the review and approval of new drugs. When a serious safety issue arises at post marketing, the immediate reaction is almost always one of denial, rejection and heat. They approved the drugs, so there can't possibly be anything wrong with it. This is an inherent conflict of interest."

Based on what you're saying it appears that the FDA is responsible for protecting the interests of pharmaceutical companies and not the American people. Do you believe the FDA can protect the public from dangerous drugs?

Dr. Graham: As currently configured, the FDA is not able to adequately protect the American public. It's more interested in protecting the interests of industry. It views industry as its client, and the client is someone whose interest you represent. Unfortunately, that is the way the FDA is currently structured.

Within the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, about 80 percent of the resources are geared towards the approval of new drugs and 20 percent is for everything else. Drug safety is about 5 percent. The "gorilla in the living room" is new drugs and approval. Congress has not only created that structure, they have also worsened that structure through the PDUFA, the Prescription Drug User Fee Act, by which drug companies pay money to the FDA so they will review and approve its drug. So you have that conflict as well.

Loudon: When did that go into effect?

Dr. Graham: The Prescription Drug User Fee Act came into play in 1992. It was passed by Congress as a way of providing the FDA with more funds so that it could hire more physicians and other scientists to review drug applications so that drugs would be approved more quickly.

For industry, every day a drug is held up from being marketed, represents a loss of 1 million to 2 million dollars of profit. The incentive is to review and approve the drugs as quickly as possible, and not stand in the way of profit-making. The FDA cooperates with that mandate.

Loudon: And what about those new drugs? Are they any better than what already exists on the market?

Dr. Graham: It's a myth that is promulgated not only by industry but also by the FDA itself. It's a misperception that our lawmakers in Congress have as well and they've been fed this line by industry.

Industry is saying there are all these lifesaving drugs that the FDA is slow to approve and people are dying in the streets because of it. The fact is that probably about two-thirds to three-quarters of the drugs that the FDA reviews are already on the market and are being reviewed for another indication.

So, for example, if I've got a drug that can treat bronchitis and now it's going to be used to treat a urinary tract infection, well, that's a new indication. But it's the same drug and we already know about the safety of the drug. There is nothing life-saving there. There is nothing new. There is nothing innovative.

A very small proportion of drugs represent a new drug that hasn't been marketed before. Most of those drugs are no better than the ones that exist. If you want to talk about breakthrough drugs -- the ones that really make a difference in patients' lives and represent a revolution in pharmacology -- we're talking about maybe one or two drugs a year. Most of them aren't breakthroughs and most of them aren't life-saving, but they get treated as if they were.

Loudon: Are you at liberty to discuss some of the problems your colleagues are finding with other drugs and if so, how widespread is the problem?

Dr. Graham: I'm really not at liberty to talk about things that pertain to my official duties at the FDA. I can talk in my private capacity, but I can't talk about material that would be confidential.

What I can say is that there are a number of other scientists within the FDA who have also worked with drugs that they know are not safe, even though the FDA has approved or allowed them to remain on the market. They face some of the same difficulties that I do. The difference is that either the problem isn't as serious in terms of the numbers of people that were injured or that it's a fatal reaction -- they're not willing to expose themselves to retaliation by the FDA -- and retaliation would surely follow.

Loudon would like to thank Manette Loudon and Pam Klebs for their help in putting this interview with Dr. David Graham together.

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Saturday, August 13, 2005

Antidepressants-Read All About it!

August 24 DC Protest Against the FDA- What's Everybody Mad About?


Approving and marketing lethal drugs, while concealing the results of studies that reveal deadly side affects, should be a jailable offense.
by Evelyn Pringle

This conduct is not due to mistakes, it is representative of by now an all too familiar pattern of criminal behavior by top officials within the nation's top regulatory agencies and the pharmaceutical industry.
This year Eli Lilly, was made to pay nearly $700 million to settle charges that it did not warn consumers that the drug, Zyprexa, could cause diabetes, which resulted in grave injuries and death to 100s of people, but nobody was charged with a crime.
Ellen Liversidge will be at the DC rally. She lost her son due to Lilly's crimes and she's none to happy about the fact that as part of the settlement, the plaintiff's attorneys agreed not let the public know about the extent of Lilly's wrongdoing.
In February, 2004, people may have become a bit angry when they read in the San Francisco Chronicle that top FDA officials had ordered one of its own researchers, who reviewed more than 20 trials, involving 4000 children, not to disclose his findings that confirmed that SSRIs increased the risk of suicide in kids.
Another protest supporter, Vera Hassner Sharav, president of the Alliance for Human Research Protection, explains how a Harvard review of children's charts, found that within 3 months of treatment on an SSRI antidepressants, 22% of the children suffered drug-induced adverse psychiatric effects, and overall, 74% suffered adverse events during the course of treatment.
"The FDA has known for years," she said, "but failed to reveal that antidepressants consistently fail to demonstrate a benefit in children. At least 12 of 15 trials failed."
The FDA has also known that SSRIs increase the risk of suicide and hostility in children. As far back as 1996, an FDA review showed a "7-fold greater incidence of suicidality in children treated with Zoloft than adults," Vera reports. She has accused the FDA of "foot dragging, equivocating, and tinkering with definitions while children are dying."
Dr Donald Marks, MD, Ph D is a prescribing physician, a father, and a former associate director and director for clinical research for two multinational pharmaceutical companies. He says, "SSRI manufacturing and sales is serious business with tens of millions of patients in the U.S. and a market in the tens of billions of dollars."
He contends, "that any attempt to decrease sales by increasing warnings will be met with severe organized resistance."
According to Dr Marks, "SSRI manufacturers, such as Glaxo and Pfizer, have conducted clinical trials in depressed children, many of which show no efficacy against placebo."
"The seriousness and severe adverse event effects of SSRI drugs make their use hardly justified in the majority of cases," he added.
"My own prescribing experience with SSRI drugs," Dr Marks said, "has revealed significant agitation and aggression, akathisia, activation of mania and hypomania, increased depression, serious dependency and withdrawal difficulties, suicidal ideation, and toxic interactions with other drugs."
The symptoms of SSRI toxicity can also be mistaken for the progression of the underlying mental state, "leading to use of more of the same and other offending SSRI drugs rather than to withdrawal of the causative SSRI agent," he warns.

While discussing the dangers of SSRIs, Rosie Carr Meysenburg, produced 3 handouts. The first was a personal letter from Dr Peter S Jensen, who at the time, was the head of Child & Adolescent Disorders Research Branch of the National Institute of Mental Health, which said that research indicates that antidepressants for adolescents are not very effective.
The second document was a personal letter from Dr Larry S Goldman, Director the American Medical Association, in which he wrote that physicians have known for many years the dangers of giving any antidepressants to patients with certain disorders and there is a substantial risk of precipitating mania or psychosis.
The third was an article from the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry researched at Yale University which stated that 11% of all psychiatric hospital admissions were from antidepressant-induced mania and psychosis. It also noted another area of research showing that Prozac and other SSRIs can simulate the effects of LSD.
"In other words," Rosie said, "this is saying for some people, taking an SSRI is the same as taking LSD."
According to Rosie, "About two million people enter a psychiatric hospital every year, 11% then is over 200,000 people a year who have an antidepressant-induced psychosis and who are hospitalized," she reported.
"Not all are hospitalized," Rosie warns, "Some of them have either committed suicide, a homicide, or a murder/suicide."
The truth is, nothing phases the greedy band of thugs involved in pushing these lethal drugs for profit. Only when they see CEOs and government officials being marched off to prison, right along side of other murderers, will they knock it off.
Why are other protesters angry at the FDA and Big Pharma?
Allen Routhier is the main organizer of the event, let's look at his reason.
In June 2002, Allen's wife, Diane, was suffering from abdominal pains, nausea, indigestion, migraines, and backaches, and consulted her physician. Even though she had no history of depression, the doctor attributed her problems to stress and depression.
The question remains why, when according to all accounts, Diane was known to be a fun-loving, lively, upbeat person.
Without advising her of any side effects, her doctor sent her off with sample blister packs of Bupropion, a drug manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline, also known as Wellbutrin. The packs contained no labels, no warnings, and no indication of any adverse effects or reactions that she may be experience while taking the drug.
Almost immediately after taking one pill, Diane became violently ill, with diarrhea, nausea, shakes, and a fever. She also felt irritable, agitated, anxious, dizzy and nervous.
On Friday, June 20, 2003, Diane felt terrible and called in sick to work, which was highly unusual. On June 23 and 24, she was again bedridden and suffered from insomnia, nausea, headaches, toothaches, dizziness, and among other things, diarrhea.
At approximately noon on June 25, her sister, Lynn, called and Diane cried and said she did not feel well. At some point that afternoon, Diane took a gun, went to a corner of the basement, laid in a fetal position, put the gun to her head and pulled the trigger.
During the autopsy, the medical examiner discovered Diane had gallstones, a condition not diagnosed by her doctor, but which fit perfectly with the symptoms she complained of.
Allen was left to explain a mother's death to their 2 young sons.
Jo Ann Kelly has been interested in raising awareness of the dangers of SSRIs ever since her son, David, died of a self inflicted gun shot wound after he was put on Lexapro for an anxiety diagnosis.
Several days before his death Jo Ann noticed increased agitation and a dryness of skin. She feared he was not metabolizing the drug and scheduled a doctor's appointment which ended up being two days too late.
Another mother, Lisa Van Syckel, described how her daughter, Michelle, was given Paxil for a diagnosis of depression and anorexia nervosa when she actually had Lyme Disease.
While on the drug, her mother watched as Michelle self-mutilated, became psychotic, violent, and attempted suicide twice.
When she quit taking the drug she suffered severe withdrawal and was constantly ill with flu-like symptoms, vomited blood, and had rectal bleeding. On top of all that, her friends at school called her "Psycho."
Lisa maintains she was not able to make an informed consent decision on behalf of Michelle because the drug maker withheld information on Paxil's adverse effects.
Another father, Tom Woodward, described how his oldest child, Julie, hung herself while on Zoloft, when she had no history of self-harm and there was no depression or suicide in their family history.
The doctors said Zoloft was safe. "The possibility of violence, self-harm, or suicidal acts was never raised. The two and a half pages we received with the Zoloft never mentioned self-harm or suicide," Tom said.
Julie had been excited about college and had scored high on her SATs a few weeks before her death. However, "instead of picking out colleges with our daughter, my wife and I had to pick out a cemetery plot for her," Tom said, "instead of looking forward to visiting Julie at school, we now visit her grave."
He is very angry. "It is clear that the FDA is a political entity and its leadership has protected the economic interests of the drug industry," he said, "Under the Bush administration, the FDA has placed the interests of the drug industry over protecting the American public."
He points out the fact that 86% of the millions of dollars in campaign contributions by drug companies went to the Bush administration and Republican candidates. He wants to know, "what did Pfizer, Eli Lilly, and GlaxoSmithKline Beecham buy?"
According to Tom, top officials in leadership positions have strong ties to the industry. For instance, "FDA's chief counsel Daniel Troy has spent his career defending the drug industry," he said, "If a study does not favor a drug, the public never hears about it."
Mark Miller and his wife Cheryl lost their 13-year-old son, Matt, after a psychiatrist gave him Zoloft. They were told that Matt had a chemical imbalance that could be helped by a new, wonderful drug called Zoloft. "It was safe, effective, only two minor side effects were cautioned with us - insomnia, indigestion," they said.
While on the drug, Matt became agitated, could not sleep, eat or sit still. The night before they were to leave on a family vacation, Matt hung himself from a bedroom closet hook, barely higher than he was tall.
"To commit this unthinkable act," Tom said, "something he had never attempted before, never threatened to, never talked about, he was able to pull his legs up off the floor and hold himself that way until he lost consciousness."
Mark and Cheryle have since learned that Matt's doctor has been "a well-paid spokesman for Pfizer," maker of Zoloft.
Young Corey Baadsgaard was diagnosed with a social anxiety disorder, and was prescribed Paxil by his family doctor.
After a couple months, he started taking larger doses because it was not working. A few months later, the doctor prescribed a medication called Effexor, and abruptly discontinued Paxil. Corey was supposed to gradually increase the dose of Effexor to 300 milligrams over 3 weeks.
The day he took the 300 milligram dose, Corey didn't feel well so he stayed home from school and went back to sleep. That evening he woke up in a juvenile detention center.
Unaware of what he had done, Corey said, "I asked one of the members of the juvenile detention center, and I found out that I had taken my high-powered rifle that I use for hunting to my third period class, took 23 of my classmates hostage and teacher hostage."

Corey spent 14 months in jail, "not really knowing why I had been there, not really remembering anything that I had done," he said.
"These drugs are hell," his father Jay said, "look at what they have done to my son."
Joyce Storey's son, Brian, was 17 years old when the family doctor diagnosed him with depression and gave him 14 Zoloft pills. He never warned about side effects and "even said if a person is drinking or doing drugs, that Zoloft works well with them," Joyce said.
Five days later, Brian killed a woman. After his arrest, authorities found no illegal drugs in his system, only Zoloft.
The psychiatrist that examined Brian after the event was Dr James Merkangis, a faculty member at Yale University. At the trial, he said Brian had a manic reaction to Zoloft and testified that Brian told him it was like being in a dream.
"The news media called my son the All-American boy, and he was," Joyce says. He is now serving life without parole.
Six months after Brian's arrest, another boy at his school, Jeff Franklin, took an ax to both of his parents and three of his brothers and sisters while on Prozac. Both of his parents died and Jeff is now serving two life sentences.
"This is not a coincidence," Joyce warns, "there is a common denominator, teenager, severely depressed, on an SSRI antidepressant."
"There are 13 million people on these drugs, 6 to 8 million are children," she said. "The question is why are we handing these drugs out like candy, and the answer is $17 billion a year business." Joyce noted, "It is always about money."
Jame Tierney was 14 years old when he was prescribed Effexor for migraine headaches. After about a year, the drug lost its effectiveness and his doctor doubled the dose.
"For the next 9 months," Jame recalled, "my life as I had known it was gone. I thought daily about suicide and hurting myself. I felt void of normal emotions. I was so belligerent, agitated, and filled with hate - hate for my family, my friends, and most of all myself. Rage consumed me. I felt trapped," he said.
Jame did things totally out of character. "I had little control and little inhibition," he said, "It was as if I was watching a movie and some villain was destroying all the relationships around me."
He spent most his time alone or else fighting with his parents. "They would ask what was wrong and what had happened to me," Jame said, and "I could not answer them because I did not know or understand myself. I was terrified."
He thanks God that his parents continued to search for answers. It was the Effexor. It was not prescribed for depression and he had no history of depression prior to taking the drug.
To counter the potential withdrawal effects, Jame was given Prozac, and the same personality and behavior problems were evident. The drug affected him the same way.
"I had never had these feelings before I took Effexor," Jame said, "I have never had these feelings since I stopped taking the Effexor and Prozac."
The way Jame sees it, "Effexor took three years from me and I will never get them back."
Donna Taylor's son, Mark, was shot between 7 to 13 times, at Columbine high school and nearly died.
Columbine shooter, Eric Harris, was on an SSRI at the time of the rampage, just like the majority of other kids who have been involved in senseless killings in recent years.
Mark Taylor points out that prior to the drastic increase in use of psychiatric on kids, "this has never happened in the history of America."
Shannon Baker does not complain about her daughter's side effects, adverse reactions, or withdrawal symptoms, because her daughter is no longer alive.
Sharon wants to be "the voice of all the other children who's voices have been silenced by these drugs," she said. She wants a ban on the use of SSRIs with children. "There needs to be no more senseless and needless deaths because of these drugs," she said.
Dawn Rider, president of ASPIRE, gave this warning, "We have been educated to believe that mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders are caused by chemical imbalances in the brain. The fact is that this is only theory, and this theory is pushed on us as if it were the absolute truth."
Many people who believe this theory have become guinea pigs, "I know this from personal experience," Dawn said, "I trusted our family doctor when he explained that depression is caused by a chemical imbalance. We trusted him when he determined that Paxil was right for my husband, and Prozac for my son."

Dawn's 14-year-old son is now dead, and when they "discovered the problems with these drugs, we decided it would be better for my husband to suffer through depression than end up dead like our son," she said, "and we found out that he could not get off of Paxil."
Her husband went through a year of hell before he was able to withdraw from the drug, and in the process, Dawn said, "it destroyed our marriage of over 20 years.
Sara Bostock's daughter, Cecily, had only been taking Paxil for two weeks when she died, during which time her condition had greatly worsened.
By the day of her death, Cecily was pale, unable to sleep, almost unable to converse, and was in a frightened, agitated state, jumping at the slightest noise.
"That night she got up and without turning on any lights, went into our kitchen only feet from where I was half asleep," Sara said, "She stabbed herself twice in the chest with a large chef's knife. The only noise was a slight yelp and a thump when she fell on the floor."
This was a young woman who had everything to live for. She had just completed applications for grad school and had received a large pay increase the month before. She had a boyfriend who loved her, scores of wonderful friends and had never been suicidal.
Her autopsy revealed a high blood level of Paxil, which reflects poor metabolization, a feature common in many SSRI suicide cases. "I believe this induced an intensely dissociative state, perhaps even sleepwalking," Sara said.
"From accounts of people under the influence of these drugs," she explained, "I believe SSRIs can alter consciousness in some mysterious and frightening way that is not normally seen even in mental illness. I am certain this is what happened to my daughter."
"Untold thousands have died because of the drug companies and the FDA's failure to heed the evidence over the past years," Sara has discovered.
Cynthia Brockman's described the Zoloft-induced reactions that her son, Chris, had experienced which ultimately resulted in a woman's death and a life sentence in prison for her son. She urges a ban on all SSRI use in children.
Chris described "uncontrollable fits of anger, pitches and voices setting him off, not wanting to be touched, feeling horrible all over his body, not being in reality." His reactions stopped, once he was off all SSRIs for about a year, but restarted when he was put on Zoloft again.
"Prison doctors ignored warnings, forced him to take harmful drugs, drugging him into hallucinating, irrational, suicidal state," Cynthia said.

She finally met with the Texas House Committee on Corrections who ordered prison doctors to correct the crisis caused by the drugs which had triggered severe suicidal and homicidal symptoms for about 2 years while doctors kept starting and stopping her son's medications.

"Medical experts said Chris would not have been suicidal or homicidal had he not been reacting to SSRI drugs," Cynthia said.
Todd and Eileen Shivak's son Michael was 11 when he was given Paxil for depression. They thank God he is alive after he tried to slash his wrists in a classroom at school.
"We thought we were doing the right thing," his parents explain, "the doctors convinced us that taking these drugs was the only thing that we could do for Michael."
"How could all the doctors not recognize what was happening?" Todd asks, "Michael saw three different social workers, two different psychiatrists, and went through at least four
different emergency room psychological evaluations in two different hospitals."
"It is impossible to describe the pain and utter helplessness we all felt watching Michael suffer, watch him cry, take up weapons against us, and beg us to let him die," Todd said.
"Our daughter, Catherine, was 5 years old at the time," he noted, "She witnessed firsthand some of the most terrifying sights that I have ever had to deal with."
"Our family is finally getting back to the loving family we once were, but the fear of what happened still haunts us," he added.
Pepper Draper, a Director of the International Coalition for Drug Awareness, reports that her child was put on Ritalin, and says, "we bought into the whole serotonin theory, so we were naturally raising that serotonin, which unfortunately started causing him to become severely depressed and suicidal."
Fortunately, "we were able to finally understand the truth about serotonin, that raising serotonin and stopping the metabolism of it has caused suicide and aggression, and that is well documented," she said.
Pepper believes that "if we will teach them the right ways to take care of their bodies and cut out the things that are addictive, like these medications are, that we can help our youth learn to deal with what is going on in their lives."
Leah Harris tells how much he suffered while taking Prozac, Paxil, and Zoloft from age 12 to 18. "I went from being a shy and mildly depressed, but never suicidal kid, to being overcome with thoughts of hurting and killing myself while on the SSRI drugs, thoughts which I acted on," he said.
Since quitting SSRIs over a decade ago, he has never again self-mutilated or had suicidal
thoughts. "The suicidality simply vanished," he said, and "this is clear proof that the drugs must have played a role, and I am one of the lucky ones, I have survived to tell the tale."
Leah believes that "Medical professionals and the public must be informed of the very serious risks that are associated with SSRIs." He noted that warnings may negatively affect sales and not please the industry, but said, "the FDA was created as an independent regulatory agency to serve the interests of the American public, not Big Pharma."
Grieving mother, Lorraine Slater says, "informed parental consent is only possible as long as full disclosure is made by the pharmaceutical companies, the FDA, and the medical community."
Her 14-year-old daughter is dead. "Dominique's life was taken from her as a result of drug-induced psychosis and suicidal ideations, not to mention the probability of experiencing akathisia, extreme agitation," her mother said.
She is having a very difficult time with acceptance. "How can you imagine I feel as Dominique's mother knowing now that I was slowly poisoning my daughter every day as I was dispensing her antidepressant medication including Celexa and which she made her first suicide attempt after being on it for almost one month, and effects of the last medication she was on when she did commit suicide?" she asked.
She explains, "Dominique's mind and behavior were slowly being altered to the point that she became very agitated, irrational, ultimately suicidal, because none of the so-called medical professionals acknowledged the drug's role in her irrational and suicidal behavior or properly withdrew her from their suicidal effects."
"How can teenagers be allowed to be given antidepressants that were never approved for
adolescent consumption, only for adults?" Larraine wants to know, "How come the medical profession doesn't fully disclose the possible harmful and fatal effects of medication as well as watch carefully for diverse effects on its adolescent population?"

Terri Williams' son, Jacob, was an exceptional athlete who participated in football on both the varsity and junior varsity football teams in school. In September 2000 Jacob lost interest in school activities except for his interest in football, but there was a conflict with his grades and his attendance.
As a result of the issue, his parents attended a school conference in October 2000 at which the school administrator suggested that Jacob may be depressed and that they should seek medical help.
Terri contacted Jacob's pediatrician and made an appointment for that afternoon. The doctor prescribed Prozac, and subsequently increased the dosage three weeks later.
Shortly after starting Prozac, "Jacob began to complain of having strange dreams,
which he had said were bad," Terri said, "Shortly after the dosage was increased, I began to notice an aggressive behavior, which had not been there before. Jacob also became destructive and destroyed some of his favorite things," she noted.
His friends later told Terri that they had noticed the same behavioral change, that he had become short tempered and showed a verbal aggression that had not been present before.
When questioned by Terri, Jacob stated "I don't know what is making me do this." Terri wrote it off as adolescent behavior and did not pursue the matter further.
On December 5th 2000, she discovered Jacob's body hanging from the rafter in their attic where he had hung himself with his own belt. He had left a letter on the ladder leading up to our attic thanking his parents for giving him 14 years of a happy life.

"Had I know that this was a potential side effect, suicide," Terri said, "I would have never allowed my son to take the drug Prozac."
And the fact is, the FDA could have warned Terri about the drug, because by 1998, Prozac alone had already accumulated over 40,000 adverse reaction reports, including more than 2,100 deaths, under the FDA's adverse reaction reporting system, more than any other drug in history.
Glenn McIntosh introduces his 12-year-old daughter, Caitlin, with a photo because it is all he has left. Caitlin committed suicide, 8 weeks after being prescribed Paxil and Zoloft.
She was a straight "A" student, a talented musician, artist, and poet, who loved animals and wanted to be a veterinarian.
With the onset of puberty, this bright, sensitive girl who had once loved going to school, started having trouble coping, as many kids do. She was also having problems sleeping due to a mild seizure disorder, her father said, "We wanted to help, of course, so we took her to our family physician, who prescribed her Paxil."
Caitlin didn't do well on Paxil, so the doctor took her off it. A week later they saw a psychiatrist and he put her on Zoloft. "She then started having strong suicidal ideations, along with severe agitation known as akathisia and hallucinations, and she was put in the adolescent ward of a mental hospital to "balance her meds," Glenn said.
There things got worse as she was put on other psychotropic drugs to treat the symptoms that Glenn now knows were caused by the SSRIs.
"Let me be very clear about something," he said, "the dramatic and severe symptoms that led to my daughter's suicide manifested only after she started taking antidepressant drugs."
The downward spiral continued until Caitlin hung herself with her shoelaces in the school bathroom. "We were told that antidepressants like Paxil and Zoloft were wonder drugs, that they were safe and effective for children. We were lied to," Glenn said.
"The pharmaceutical companies have known for years that these drugs could cause suicide in some patients. Why didn't we?" he wants to know.
Delnora Duprey is a grandmother who described how it had been over two years since she had seen her grandson Chris play ball, ride a bike, talk on the phone, or run in to say, "Hey, grandma, what's for dinner?"
Chris is a tall, thin boy, quiet and well liked and respectful to everyone, "who loved his family dearly, and had hopes and dreams for a future," Delnora said.

The family's nightmare began when Chris was diagnosed with depression, and "placed on medication that was never tested on children and never meant for their use," she said. He was first put on Paxil, but was switched to Zoloft a short time later.
The doctor increased the dosage to 200 milligrams and within 48 hours, Chris had shot and killed his other grandparents while they slept and burned their house down.
Today Christopher is sitting in prison facing incarceration for life, "a child that does not even know what has happened to him," his grandma said.
According to Delnora, he was a sweet boy who never hurt himself or anyone else before.
Many readers might want to advise these people to go to government officials with these horror stories, the people who can punish drug companies for hiding adverse reactions and not warning people about the dangers associated with drugs.
The problem is they already have. The tragic stories above were relayed to officials during the February 2, 2004, FDA hearing.
Its now 18 months later, and needless to say, nobody has been punished.
Evelyn Pringle
(Evelyn Pringle is a columnist for Independent Media TV and an investigative journalist focused on exposing corruption in government)

Friday, August 12, 2005

Pschiatric Exploitation

Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
Psychiatrist Dr. Ian Anthony Martin had sex with one of his female patients.

A tribunal found that they had “little confidence” in Dr Martin’s testimony in which he denied the charge.

Dr. Martin was found guilty of exloiting his patient and worsening her condition.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

SSRI's Don't Work Says Psych

Joanna Moncrieff, a senior lecturer in psychiatry at University College London, argues that clinical evidence does not justify the use of antidepressants -- particularly selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) -- as the treatment of choice for moderate to severe depression.

SSRIs are the most widely prescribed class of antidepressants and include:Celexa, Luvox, Paxil, Prozac and Zoloft.

"The bottom line is that we really don't have any good evidence that these drugs work, I think we have to be highly skeptical. We have been treating all comers with antidepressants for years now, and we have seen an increase rather than a decrease in depression at the community level."

In the newly published essay, Moncrieff and psychology professor Irving Kirsch, PhD, call on public health officials in Britain to reconsider their policy of recommending antidepressants as the first treatment for moderate to severe depression.

SOURCES: Moncrieff, J. and Kirsch, I. British Medical Journal, July 16, 2005; vol 331: pp 135-137. Joanna Moncrieff, MD, senior lecturer in community psychiatry, University College London, England. .

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

Fake Psychiatrist

Queensland, Australia
It was admitted yesterday that Vincent Borg is thought to be a convicted pedophile from Russia. He used fake documents which no one bothered to check to enter the government run health system in Queensland as a psychiatrist.

As a sexual deviant who knows nothing about the mind it is not surprising that no one realized he was a fake.

SSRI Activists Fed Up With FDA

SSRI Protest - Activists Fed Up With FDA
by Evelyn Pringle

Activists who are fed up with waiting for the FDA to take proper action to protect the public from dangerous psychotropic drugs, are holding a 3 day rally in front of White House to condemn the FDA's failure to act on the matter.
On August 24, 25, and 26, between 9 am and 5 pm, prominent activists from all over the nation will join victims and family members who have lost love ones due to these drugs to raise public awareness about their potential dangers.
They will specifically target the class of antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), which include: Paxil, Prozac, Zoloft, Wellbutrin, Luvox, Citalopram, Celexa, Lexapro, and Paroxetine.
Allen Routhier who lost his 40 year-old wife Diane 2 years ago to suicide while she was on the antidepressant Wellbutrin, will be leading the rally along with his 2 sons.
Linda Hurcombe will also be attending from the UK. Linda is an editor and educator, and author of the book, Losing A Child. Her daughter Caitlin died aged 19.
Other attendees include Mark Taylor and his mother, Donna. Mark was shot during the Columbine rampage by Eric Harris who was on an SSRI at the time.
Another leader in the fight against the over-prescribing of these drugs, who will attend the rally is the world renowned expert on SRRIs, Dr Anne Blake Tracy, Director of the International Coalition for Drug Awareness.
Dr Tracy is the author of PROZAC: PANACEA OR PANDORA? a book written after five years of research on approximately 1000 patients taking SSRIs on a long-term basis.
She has specialized in adverse reactions to SSRIs and has testified before the FDA and congressional committees on their adverse affects. Since 1992 Dr Tracy has also served as an expert consultant and witness in SSRI related civil and criminal court cases all around the world.
A full force of advocacy groups will be represented with members of Mothers Against Manufactured Madness, Alliance to Stop Psychiatry's Influence in Religion and Education, and Mindfreedom.
An important part of the message that the public needs to know, is that drug makers have known about the adverse affects of SSRIs since before they received FDA approval. For example, in March 1985, three full years before Prozac was approved, Dr Richard Kapit reviewed the drug and warned it posed a risk of worsening "vegetative aspects of depressive illness" for some patients. He noted that out of 1427 exposures "there were two completed suicides" and “13 patients who attempted suicide.” He stated that "it may be appropriate" to include a "warning" on the label "that certain signs and symptoms of depression may be exacerbated by this drug."
Drug makers have also known that SSRIs are practically useless in treating children. For instance, in December 2004, ABC News uncovered documents that revealed GlaxoSmithKline, maker Paxil, failed to disclose the results of studies as far back as 1997, which determined that Paxil had little or no effect in treating depression in children and also showed the company was aware of suicide-related behaviors in young patients taking the drug.
Yet in 2001, Glaxo sent out a memo to its sales force touting the drug's "remarkable efficacy and safety in the treatment of adolescent depression."
One advocacy group, recently accused the FDA of covering up Prozac's dangerous side effects for 14 years. And as a result, their spokesperson says hundreds of people have been victims of murder and suicide.
Bonnie Leitsch is the founder of "Prozac Survivors Support Group," and along with Dr Tracy, is calling for immediate federal action to warn the public that this class of antidepressants not only can induce suicide in adult patients, but can also cause psychosis and acts of violence.
The FDA cannot continue to play dumb. Leitsch's group has 14-year-old film footage of the 1991 FDA hearings, where dozens of family members testified about relatives who had either killed themselves, or loved ones, or who had attempted suicide which they directly attributed to being on SSRIs.
The Prozac Survivors group points to Magdalena Lopez as an example of violence caused by SSRIs. The 30-year-old Indiana mother recently murdered her two young sons while on one of the drugs.
At least 80,000 women each year in this country are being prescribed these drugs during pregnancy, according to researchers estimates. SSRIs are still being prescribed to pregnant women even though a May 2005 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association reported that pregnant women who take SSRIs late in pregnancy raise the risk that their babies will suffer jitteriness, irritability and serious respiratory problems during their first couple of weeks.
Leitsch finds it unacceptable that pregnant women and new mothers are still being prescribed drugs that have been known to induce violence and suicide for more than a decade. "In 1991, there was evidence of 500 deaths associated with antidepressants presented to an FDA Advisory Committee hearing investigating Prozac," she said.
"The failure to issue the warning has led to more suicides, homicides, school shooters and mothers killing their own children," she added. According to Lietsch, 36 million Americans are taking the antidepressant drugs.
"These are extremely dangerous drugs that should have been banned, as similar drugs were in the past. Federal investigations into the violence-inducing effects of these drugs are long overdue," Tracy said. "The scientific evidence behind this has been out there for decades. All anyone ever had to do was read it," she says.
The group provided details of several other high profile cases where mothers have killed their children:
• In October 2002, Annie Mae Haskew smothered her 10-week-old son after being diagnosed with postpartum depression and placed on antidepressants.
• Andrea Yates drowned her five children in the family bathtub in November 2004, while taking the antidepressants Effexor and Remeron, prescribed at maximum dose.
• Dena Schlosser killed her 10-month-old daughter in November 2004 by severing the baby's arms after being diagnosed with postpartum depression, hospitalized and prescribed psychiatric medication for depression.
• On July 26, 2004, Mary Ellen Moffitt suffocated her 5-week-old infant and herself. She had been diagnosed with postpartum depression and was taking Paxil.
• Emiri Padron smothered her baby daughter on June 22, 2004 and then stabbed herself twice in the chest. Emiri was receiving psychiatric treatment and investigators found Zoloft in her apartment after the incident.
Late last year FDA directed manufacturers to add a "black box" warning to the health professional labeling of all SSRIs to describe the risk of suicide in children, and emphasize the need for close monitoring of patients when started on these drugs.
On July 1, 2005, the FDA advised health care providers and adult patients to be aware of the following:
Adults being treated with antidepressant medicines, particularly those being treated for depression, should be watched closely for worsening of depression and for increased suicidal thinking or behavior.
Close observation of adults may be especially important when antidepressant medications are started for the first time or when doses for the specific drugs prescribed have been changed.
Adults whose symptoms worsen while being treated with antidepressants, including an increase in suicidal thinking or behavior, should be evaluated by their health care professional.
Advocates say these warnings are not only far too late, they contain far too little. Leitsch says the FDA has an obligation to do more. "They must warn the public that not only can the drugs include suicide -- but heinous acts of violence -- mothers killing their own children, or children killing other children,” she said.
Another protest against SSRIs is already scheduled to take place on September 26 through the 28th at the address of the drug company GlaxSmithKline, maker of Paxil, at Franklin Plaza at 200 N 16th Street and 1600 Vine Street in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Last and probably least, yours truly, Evie Pringle shall also attend the rally.
Evelyn Pringle
(Evelyn Pringle is a columnist for Independent Media TV and is an investigative journalist focused on exposing government and corporate coruption)