Written Testimony Needed – Florida Child Antipsychotic Drugging

The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration is inviting the public to provide written testimony (until December 24) concerning the Medicaid coverage of atypical antipsychotics on children.    This is the official notice: http://ahca.myflorida.com/docs/AdHocWebCancellationMessagev2.pdf
 
Atypical antipsychotics are the newest, most expensive high powered antipsychotic drugs – heavily marketed to state Medicaid programs. (Your tax dollars)
“Evidence is mounting that they can cause rapid weight gain, diabetes, even death”. St. Petersburg Times, July 29, 2007 Read the rest of this entry »
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Bipolar Children, Antipsychotics, and Dr. Joseph Biederman

“Papers reveal push on drug firm funds Prominent doctor tied to efforts”
 
Newly disclosed court documents portray Dr. Joseph Biederman, a leading Harvard child psychiatrist, as courting drug company money by promising that his work at Massachusetts General Hospital would help promote the use of antipsychotic drugs for youngsters diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Read the rest of this entry »

Antipsychotics: History – Then and Now

The Times-News
Modern mind medicines begin to lose luster
January 27, 2009

Hundreds of years ago, people with mental illness might be burned at the stake or locked away in a dungeon. In the early 20th century, some patients with schizophrenia were lobotomized with an ice pick to blunt emotions and reduce agitation. Read the rest of this entry »

Seroquel Raises Diabetes Risk, Doctor Says

Jan. 16 (Bloomberg) — AstraZeneca Plc’s antipsychotic drug Seroquel raised by almost 400 percent the risk of developing diabetes when compared with first-generation medications in its class, a doctor testified in a court case against the drugmaker.

A 2004 article published in Psychiatric Services, a journal of the American Psychiatric Association, reported the increased risk in males who were exposed to Seroquel for at least 60 days. The study, which involved 1,629 patients, compared the exposure of a newer class of antipsychotics including clozapine and Seroquel with an older class of drugs, Jennifer Marks, a Miami- based endocrinologist, said during a pre-trial hearing yesterday in federal court in Orlando, Florida. Read the rest of this entry »

“Medication Madness” by Peter Breggin, M.D.

Medication Madness

Watch this great Fox interview with Peter Breggin, M.D.

Hear a true life story about someone on Prozac and more.

View video here: Read the rest of this entry »

FDA Warnings for Abilify (Aripiprazole)

HIGHLIGHTS OF PRESCRIBING INFORMATION FOR ABILIFY (ARIPIPRAZOLE)M THE ANTI-PSCYHOTIC MEDICATION

These highlights do not include all the information needed to use ABILIFY safely and effectively. See full prescribing information for ABILIFY.

ABILIFY® (aripiprazole) Tablets

ABILIFY DISCMELT® (aripiprazole) Orally Disintegrating Tablets

ABILIFY® (aripiprazole) Oral Solution

ABILIFY® (aripiprazole) Injection FOR INTRAMUSCULAR USE ONLY

Initial U.S. Approval: 2002

BLACK BOX WARNING: Read the rest of this entry »

Use of Antipsychotics in Children Is Criticized

New York Times
Use of Antipsychotics in Children Is Criticized
By GARDINER HARRIS 
November 18, 2008

WASHINGTON — Powerful antipsychotic medicines are being used far too cavalierly in children, and federal drug regulators must do more to warn doctors of their substantial risks, a panel of federal drug experts said Tuesday.  

Use of Antipsychotics in Children Is Criticized

Use of Antipsychotics in Children Is Criticized

More than 389,000 children and teenagers were treated last year with Risperdal, one of five popular medicines known as atypical antipsychotics. Of those patients, 240,000 were 12 or younger, according to data presented to the committee. In many cases, the drug was prescribed to treat attention deficit disorders. Read the rest of this entry »