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2016

December 31/16 — Why do we doctors so often fail to see symptoms are drug side effects?

December 8/16 — The harms of antipsychotic drugs: evidence from key studies.

November 15/16 — Canadian children now take far more mood-altering drugs, prescription count shows.

October 24/16 — The Benzodiazepine Medical Disaster is a documentary that tells the hidden story of how benzodiazepines can both maim and kill. Professor Heather Ashton compares it to the Thalidomide scandal. Added to our Video Links.

October 21/16 — Hospitals struggle to address terrifying and long-lasting ‘ICU delirium’

October 14/16 — Systemic review finds antidepressants double the risk for agitation and violence in healthy volunteers.

October 3/16 — Explosion in the number of prescriptions of antidepressants for seniors (French — Le Journal de Montréal). Google translation to English.

September 2/16 — Opiods and anti-anxiety medication are killing white American women.

August 29/16 — For mild depression, try jogging, yoga, or any form of aerobic exercise before drugs, psychiatrists say.

August 14/16 — My trip through the polypharmacy blender.

August 12/16 — Dangerous mix of medication leads to faulty Alzheimer's diagnosis. (Up to 1 in 5 dementias are caused by a bad combination of medications in Canadian seniors.)

July 7/16 — Promo Video: World “Benzodiazepine Awareness Day” July 11, 2016. More…

March 7/16 — Deprescribing medications for seniors a safety priority.

February 26/16 — More overdose deaths from anxiety drugs.

February 5/16 — Some antidepressants linked to aggression and suicide in young people, study says. | View the study.

January 28/16 — Common antidepressant 'could put children at greater risk of suicide.'

January 19/16 — Benzodiazepines; Risks and Benefits. A Reconsideration. (PDF–27.1 KB) A review by Professor C Heather Ashton, DM, FRCP. See also this section of The Ashton Manual Supplement.

2015

December 12/15 — Still in a crib, yet being given antipsychotics.

September 13/15 — Linda Caroline Wakeham's obituary is a powerful testimony to the dangers of anti-depressants.

September 4/15 — Psychiatrists: the drug pushers. Is the current epidemic of depression and hyperactivity the result of disease-mongering by the psychiatric profession and big pharma? Does psychiatry have any credibility left at all?

September 4/15 — Fears that antipsychotic drugs being used as “chemical cosh” in disability care.

April 6/15 — worstpills.org: Benzodiazepines: widely prescribed, dangerous sleep and tranquilizer drugs (subscription-based).

March 25/15 — Prescription Pharmaceuticals in Canada: Final Report (PDF–4.08 MB). Canada's Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology, March 2015.

2014

October 3/14 — Reducing polypharmacy: A logical approach. Polypharmacy is the use of multiple medications by a patient.

October 1/14 — worstpills.org: Eszopiclone (LUNESTA): too dangerous at any dose (subscription-based).

July 11/14 — Prescriptions for benzodiazepines rising and risky when combined with opioids, researchers warn.

July 1/14 — worstpills.org: New study shows increased risk of death with sleeping pills and tranquilizers (subscription-based).

June 4/14 — Journeying Back To Self — one woman's experiences of psychiatric oppression and liberation — was added to our General Resources.

May 12/14 — Open Pharma is a movement to have all drug company payments to physicians made accessible to the public. Added to our Self-Help Resources.

May 12/14 — WorstPill.org's free consumer information on drug safety and more provides an invaluable resource to consumers.

April 26/14 — SSRIs: The gateway drug to mass murder.

April 26/14 — Psychiatrists now say non-conformity is a mental illness: only the sheeple are 'sane.'

March 31/14 — American Addict is a documentary film that reveals the relationships between the FDA, big Pharma, physicians and the media that are in place to ensure that medical problems are treated primarily with pills.

March 28/14 — Cases of abnormal heart rhythm have been reported with the antidepressant REMERON / REMERON RD (mirtazapine).

March 7/14 — From compliance to mental health civil rights activism: a mother's journey.

February 3/14 — There are no randomized controlled trials that support the United States Preventive Services Task Force guideline on screening for depression in primary care.

January 7/14 — Antidepressant-induced liver injury: a review for clinicians.

January 2/14 — World famous psychiatrist calls for a revolution in psychiatric medicine. Creative Outrage is available for free download on Helke Ferrie's Website.

2013

December 3/13 — Relabeling the medications we call antidepressants.

November 22/13 — Antidepressant use in Canada among highest in world: OECD.

November 22/13 — Dramatic increase of mass shootings in America: The role of prescription psychiatric drugs?

September 25/13 — Anti-depressants linked to type 2 diabetes.

September 14/13 — Too much medicine is bad for our health.

September 6/13 — The psychiatric drug crisis.

September 3/13 — Report: corporate crime in the pharmaceutical industry is common, serious and repetitive. (PDF–174 KB)

July 31/13 — Despite risks, sedatives called 'benzos' widely used across Canada, experts say.

July 1/13 — Drug reactions and the effectiveness of antidepressants.

July 1/13 — Health Canada announced changes to the system for reporting adverse drug reactions (extended interview).

June 11/13 — Rise in off-label use of antipsychotic drugs for B.C. youth soars, study says. See also:

May 31/13 — Time for a paradigm shift in psychiatric diagnosis (PDF–121 KB).

May 21/13 — Benzodiazepines may increase risk of CAP, mortality

May 21/13 — Parental depression, maternal antidepressant use during pregnancy, and risk of autism spectrum disorders: population based case-control study

May 21/13 — Hypnotics' association with mortality or cancer: a matched cohort study

April 22/13 — Addiction to prescribed drugs: round table discussion

April 22/13 — Parental depression, maternal antidepressant use during pregnancy, and risk of autism spectrum disorders: population based case-control study

April 22/13 — Drug Reactions: The effectiveness of antidepressants

April 9/13 — Diagnosis: Human

April 9/13 — Top 10 drug advertising spends predict your doctor's “flavour of the month.”

April 8/13 — 'Deceitful' Big Pharma accused of putting lives at risk.

March 26/13 — Editorial: Assessing drugs a vital function.

March 26/13 — Drug reactions send 26,000 seniors to hospital.

March 26/13 — OUse of high potency statins and rates of admission for acute kidney injury: multicenter, retrospective observational analysis of administrative databases.

March 26/13 — RxISK blog added to our Self-Help Resources.

March 18/13 — Open letter to Brown University re journal article misrepresenting efficacy and safety of paroxetine.

March 13/13 — Rethinking Depression three-part CBC audio series: Part 2 and Part 3.

March 13/13 — Adjunctive atypical antipsychotic treatment for major depressive disorder: a meta-analysis of depression, quality of life, and safety outcomes.

February 21/13 — Medicines flushed down toilets hurting fish: study.

February 13/13 — Overdoing Prevention: Beware of regular check-ups, healthism by numbers and genetic profiling.

February 8/13 — Inappropriate long-term use of antipsychotic drugs is common among people with dementia living in specialized care units.

January 24/13 — Top psychiatrist: [Psychotropic] meds behind school massacres.

January 22/13 — Benzodiazépines: une overdose française (Benzodiazepines: a French overdose [Google's English translation]).

January 20/13 — Burlington's HowardCenter tries a new approach to treating mental illness: more talking, fewer meds.

January 14/13 — Zolpidem Containing Products: Drug Safety Communication — FDA Requires Lower Recommended Doses (including Ambien, Ambien CR, Edluar, and Zolpimist) added to U.S. FDA Drug Advisories page.

January 3/13 — Antidepressants to treat grief? Psychiatry panelists with ties to drug industry say yes.

2012

December 20/12 — Fanapt hoax hides real connection between shooters and SSRI drugs.

December 20/12 — The antipsychotic prescribed to Connecticut shooter Adam Lanza has a troubled history all its own.

December 16/12 — Still relevant — a 2007 call for an investigation of the link between mass shootings and psychiatric drugs.

December 5/12 — Paxil lawsuit approved as class action by B.C. judge.

December 4/12 — Long-term use of some antipsychotics not warranted in older adults: study.

November 26/12 — Grapefruit juice interaction with drugs can be deadly.

November 25/12 — New PMAG “benzo help” blog: Benzodiazepine and Sleeping Pill Addiction, Tapering & Recovery.

November 19/12 — Heartburn pills that cause heart attacks, antidepressants that lead to suicide: Why does Canada trail the U.S. and EU in protecting its citizens from dangerous meds?

November 12/12 — Forgetfulness in seniors tied to anxiety and insomnia drugs.

November 12/12 — Prescription opioid deaths as high as drunk driving deaths, say B.C. officials.

November 5/12 — Depression and antidepressants in Australia and beyond — a critical public health analysis. (PDF–2.69 MB)

October 31/12 — Taking SSRI antidepressants during pregnancy: considerations and risks.

October 29/12 — Health Canada brushes off reports of serious side effects.

October 28/12 — Tony Scott suicide & anti-depressants: prescription drugs found in Top Gun director's system.

October 10/12 — Problems discontinuing Cymbalta.

October 10/12 — Psychiatry — and medicine in general — has a dangerously close relationship with the pharmaceutical industry.

October 7/12 — Drug giants fined $11bn for criminal wrongdoing — fines are not enough to reform drug industry, warn lawyers.

October 3/12 — Drug Safety Initiative: Potentially Inappropriate Medications in Seniors — a CME guide designed for family physicians, geriatricians, and other health care professionals who care for older adults.

October 2/12 — Addicted to Valium.

September 30/12 — Valium’s contribution to our new normal.

September 25/12 — The drugs don't work: a modern medical scandal.

August 30/12 — Doctor Who? The corporations behind WebMD's friendly, free advice.

August 28/12 — Overtreatment is taking a harmful toll.

August 25/12 — A systematic review of comparative efficacy of treatments and controls for depression.

August 20/12 — Andrew Scull on All We Have to Fear: Psychiatry's Transformation of Natural Anxieties into Mental Disorders.

August 9/12 — Advertising dollars predict drug prescription rates.

August 3/12 — Is Anxiety Overdiagnosed?

July 18/12 — The health cost of a good night's sleep (CBC audio clip).

July 17/12 — FDA maintained an 'enemies list' to quell critics.

July 12/12 — 3 antidepressants found in autopsy of Mary Kennedy.

July 12/12 — Happiness is being a loser.

July 6/12 — New video resource: 30% of New York ER overdose deaths tied to Benzodiazepine Xanax (the eleventh most prescribed drug in the USA).

July 6/12 — Away from a biomedical model for handling mental health issues.

May 30/12 — Nursing homes pushed to reduce antipsychotic drug use by 15 percent this year.

May 11/12 — Antipsychotic use and myocardial infarction in older patients with treated dementia.

May 4/12 — Psychiatry's bible, the DSM, is doing more harm than good.

April 10/12 — Taking SSRI antidepressants during pregnancy: considerations and risks.

March 15/12 — La molécule qui rend fou (French video — The molecule that [drives them] crazy is an Google translation into English of the synopsis).

March 13/12 — Afghanistan massacre by U.S. sergeant reveals epidemic of psychiatric drugging of soldiers.

March 13/12 — New worries about sleeping pills.

March 6/12 — Psychiatric adverse reactions with statins, fibrates and ezetimibe implications for the use of lipid-lowering agents.

February 29/12 — Study: Popular sleeping pill Ambien linked to increased death rate. (BMJ Abstract)

February 22/12 — Mass-withdrawal disaster feared as OxyContin funding pulled.

February 21/12 — Psychiatric 'bible' may classify the bereaved as mentally ill: Journal.

February 13/12 — Risperdal on trial, Texas style.

February 13/12 — Prevention of depression and anxiety.

February 3/12 — Celexa medication guide (PDF–44 KB). The companies know all about the adverse drug reactions.

February 1/12 — Searching for side effects.

January 22/12 — Dr. David Healy's Data Based Medicine blog added to our Self-Help Resources.

January 17/12 — 4 creepy ways big pharma peddles its drugs.

January 17/12 — Pharmawatch Canada blog added to our Self-Help Resources.

January 12/12 — Dr. Heather Ashton & Panel: Coming off medication including benzodiazepines, SSRI and similar antidepressants [Video].

January 12/12 — Drugs associated with more suicidal ideations are also associated with more suicide attempts.

January 7/12 — 7 Reasons America's Mental Health Industry Is a Threat to Our Sanity.

January 2/12 — Health Care Renewal blog added to our Self-Help Resources.

2011

December 22/11 — Recent Speech given by Dr. Heather Ashton, developer of the Ashton Protocol for withdrawal from benzodiazepines to a Benzodiazepine Support Group in Bradford, England. (PDF–118 KB)

December 7/11 — Seven diseases Big Pharma hopes you get in 2012.

December 5/11 — ABC News video: Too many meds for foster kids? Foster children are given mind-altering drugs at up to 13 times the rate of other children.

November 22/11 — Baby deaths spark fears over antidepressants.
— CBC video: Deaths spark fears.

November 22/11 — CBC video: The auditor general says Health Canada needs to be more transparent and act more quickly when flags are raised about the drugs Canadians take.

November 21/11 — Drugs used for psychotics go to youths in foster care.

November 17/11 — U.S. study: Use of psychiatric drugs spreads.

November 8/11 — YouTube Video: Robert Whitaker — Rethinking psychiatric care.

November 7/11 — Brain damage from Benzodiazepines: The troubling facts, risks, and history of minor tranquilizers.

October 29/11 — CDC: Antidepressant use skyrockets 400% in past 20 years.

October 1/11 — "The Myth of Mental Illness" by Thomas Szasz

September 27/11 — How do patients weigh the risks of taking a prescription drug?

September 20/11 — Prescription drug deaths now outnumber traffic fatalities in the US

September 20/11 — Baby deaths spark fears over antidepressants

September 17/11 — Benzodiazepines likely to figure in a singer's death as in so many others!

September 1/11 — Is prenatal SSRI exposure linked to autism spectrum disorders in children?

August 29/11 — Celexa (citalopram hydrobromide): Drug Safety Communication — Abnormal heart rhythms associated with high doses

August 27/11 — Is your mum on drugs?

August 15/11 — Life addicted to prescription drugs

August 3/11 — Antipsychotic wrongly marketed to kids

August 2/11 — Antipsychotics to treat post traumatic stress among returning soldiers found ineffective

July 21/11 — Patients who use antidepressants more likely to relapse

July 18/11 — Has America become a nation of psychotics? You'd certainly think so, based on the medications we're taking

July 17/11 — The illusions of psychiatry (part 2 of a series).

July 12/11 — Children born to mothers who took Valproate products while pregnant may have impaired cognitive development

July 4/11 — Now antidepressant-induced chronic depression has a name: Tardive Dysphoria

July 2/11 — The epidemic of mental illness: Why? (part 1 of a series).

June 29/11 — Psychiatric drug promotion and the politics of neoliberalism

June 22/11 — "Neurontin killed our husbands, we believe"

June 22/11 — Fractured health-care system sets scene for drug deaths

June 20/11 — Judge chastises Johnson & Johnson over Risperdal lies and concealing evidence

April 12/11 — The other drug problem: The prescriptions we take to regulate cholesterol, blood pressure and stomach acid are supposed to make us healthier. But could these medications be doing us more harm than good?

March 22/11 — Health Canada "silent" on drug safety decisions

March 8/11 — Talk doesn't pay, so psychiatry turns instead to drug therapy

February 25/11 — Are antidepressants better than a placebo?

February 22/11 — Antipsychotic drugs: FDA class labeling change — treatment during pregnancy and potential risk to newborns

February 4/11 — Rapidly increasing criminal and civil monetary penalties against the pharmaceutical industry: 1991 to 2010 — view entire report as a PDF

January 13/11 — Criminal fraud by the drug companies
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2010

December 17/10 — Drug makers are paying big settlements

December 7/10 — Is psychiatry for sale?

December 5/10 — Check on benzodiazepine-use must be done, say MPs.

November 25/10 —
Critics decry change in drug-approval process: Government abolishing drug review body, allowing drug makers four separate chances to pitch their products.

November 17/10 —
America's mental illness epidemic: It turns out that the drugs are the problem.

November 15/10 —
Pharmaceutical scandal in Britain sheds disturbing new light on benzodiazepines.

November 10/10 — Drugs linked to brain damage 30 years ago.

November 10/10 —
Covered up evidence from medical research files on brain damage caused by benzodiazepines (PDF–3.87 MB)

November 10/10 —
Public information as a marketing tool: promotion of diseases and medicines (PDF–2.28 MB) More…

November 10/10 —
Chemical cosh drugs to be cut by two thirds.

November 10/10 —
Mad in America: History, science, and the treatment of psychiatric disorders — a Psychology Today blog.

November 10/10 —
Prescrire in English provides factual information on adverse drug reactions and drug safety.

November 10/10 —
Is your mom on drugs? — a guide for family members, caregivers and primary care providers.

October 23/10 —
J&J told to pay $257.7 million over Risperdal marketing tactics

October 19/10 —
Side effects may include lawsuits

October 18/10 —
Lies, damned lies, and medical science

October 6/10 —
Antipsychotic and Benzodiazepine use among nursing home residents: findings from the 2004 National Nursing Home Survey

September 17/10 —
Are antidepressants safe in pregnancy? A focus on SSRIs

September 16/10 —
The secret lives of big pharma's "thought leaders"

September 16/10 —
Forest, maker of Celexa, to pay more than $313 million to settle marketing case

September 7/10 —
Taking SSRI antidepressants during pregnancy: considerations and risks (PDF–62 KB)

September 7/10 —
Child's ordeal shows risks of psychosis drugs for young

September 7/10 —
Informed consent and shared decision-making: a requirement to disclose to patients off-label prescriptions (PDF available for download — 93 KB)

May 4/10 —
Big Pharma, Bad Medicine: How corporate dollars corrupt research and education

April 29/10 —
Getting people on antidepressants early in life makes them loyal customers forever

April 29/10 —
Top 25 psychiatric prescriptions for 2009

April 26/10 —
Exercise helps fight anxiety, depression

April 22/10 —
Depression medication: patients report 20 times more side effects than recorded in charts

April 17/10 —
8 invented diseases big pharma is banking on

April 8/10 —
Links between pesticide exposure and mental health (PDF–35 KB)

April 8/10 —
Mental health providers should prescribe exercise more often for depression, anxiety, research suggests

April 8/10 —
blog, Beyond Meds — Alternatives to Psychiatry, added. More…

April 8/10 —
Extracts from Manufacturing Depression by Gary Greenberg

March 22/10 —
When drug makers' profits outweigh penalties

March 18/10 —
The long-term course of unmedicated depression

March 18/10 —
Medicating the military

March 15/10 —
The Emperor's New Drugs: Exploding the Antidepressant Myth, a book by Irving Kirsch

March 15/10 —
Some anti-depressant drugs associated with increased chance of developing cataracts: Study

March 8/10 —
Seroquel cocktail and military deaths

March 6/10 —
Emotional side-effects of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (Abstract)

February 10/10 —
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and breast cancer mortality in women receiving tamoxifen

February 8/10 —
Too much health care: We can't afford life's creeping medicalization

February 4/10 —
The depressing news about antidepressants: no more effective than a placebo … may be worse

January 31/10 —
Fattened by pills: Overprescribing of psychiatric drugs contributing to obesity

January 22/10 —
How the US exports its mental illnesses

January 22/10 —
Drugmaker got kickbacks for nursing home patients

January 13/10 —
Monitoring of high-risk medications unchanged despite FDA warnings

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2009

December 17/09 —
Anti-depressants "up stroke risk"

December 14/09 —
Poor children likelier to get antipsychotics

December 8/09 —
Deaths related to narcotic pain relievers have doubled since 1991: study

December 4/09 —
Promotional spending for prescription drugs $20.5 billion in 2008 (PDF–592 KB)

November 28/09 —
 Big pharma beaten

November 19/09 —
 Pediatric Zyprexa brochures embarrass British health service

November 16/09 —
 Pfizer VP appointment to Canadian Institutes of Health Research a clear conflict of interest

November 13/09 —
 Chemical restraints killing dementia patients

November 13/09 —
 US Senator wants Pentagon to review antidepressants

November 11/09 —
Pregnant women risk early delivery from using psychiatric medication

October 29/09 —
 Compromised care: psychotropic drugs given to nursing home patients without cause

October 29/09 —
 Weight gain associated with antipsychotic drugs

October 29/09 —
 Effectiveness of antidepressants: an evidence myth constructed from a thousand randomized trials?

October 27/09 —
 Bleak Britain: anti-depressant prescriptions soar even though illness declines

October 22/09 —
 3/4 of the donations to the largest mental health organization in the US come from drug companies

October 20/09 — Pharmalot blog added blog added to our Self-Help Resources.

October 15/09 —  Do depressed people really have a chemical imbalance in the brain?

October 15/09 — The Cochrane Library added to our Self-Help Resources.

October 13/09 —  Paxil on trial — read the court transcripts

October 13/09 — Canadian Adverse Reaction Newsletter added to our Self-Help Resources.

October 9/09 — Drug Product Database Online Query — more complete descriptions of drugs, their use, contraindications and potential risks

October 9/09 — Drugs associated with more suicidal ideations are also associated with more suicide attempts (PDF–226 KB)

September 22/09 —  Document details plan to promote costly drug

August 10/09 — Doped and duped

August 10/09 — Women given antidepressant that can cause birth defects

August 10/09 — Antidepressants once seen as miracle drugs: now risks are becoming evident

July 8/09 — Interpreting antidepressant clinical trials

July 8/09 — Antidepressant use linked to bone loss

June 17/09 — Sudden death and use of stimulant medications in youths

June 8/09 — Meltdown in the drug industry

June 8/09 — Study shows some SSRIs may cause Tamoxifen breast cancer drug to lose effectiveness See also related BMJ study (PDF–132 KB)

June 1/09 — Psychiatric Drugs Might Raise Cardiac Death Risk

May 28/09 — Legal loophole exposes Canadians to drug advertising banned in US: UBC research

A legal loophole is counteracting Canada's ban on direct-to-consumer drug advertising and has exposed Canadians to more than $90 million worth of ads, including those for drugs with life-threatening risks, according to a study by UBC researchers.

March 27/09 — Online age quiz is a window for drug makers

March 27/09 — Prescription sales rise by $1.2-billion, even as generics gain popularity

March 18/09 — A silenced drug study creates an uproar

March 6/09 — Important ruling — Patients in the US who have been harmed by drugs can continue to sue for damages!

January 29/09 — Death by Prescription: A Father Takes on His Daughter's Killer — the Multi-Billion Dollar Pharmaceutical Companies (book review)

January 23/09 — Eli Lilly to pay largest settlement in history over Zyprexa marketing tactics

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2008

November 27/08 —  Proceedings from Adverse Reactions to Drugs: What is Our Responsibility? by Sara Bostock (PDF–32 KB)

November 19/08 — Use of antipsychotics in children is criticized

November 17/08 — The epidemic of overmedication

November 17/08 — Prescription drugs kill 300 percent more Americans than illegal drugs

November 15/08 — Drugged-out seniors a prescription for disaster

October 3/08 — CanWest Global’s campaign to allow dangerous prescription drug advertising (YouTube video)

October 3/08 — Top psychiatrist failed to report drug income

September 26/08 — Antidepressants may harm male fertility

September 26/08 — B.C. Health minister won't prevent gifts going to doctors

September 11/08 — Drugs and the elderly in Canadian nursing homes

September 11/08 —  2004 report states 5/6 elderly taking prescription drugs in the US

August 28/08 —  Drug safety warnings ineffective in decreasing antipsychotic prescriptions for the elderly in Canada

August 26/08 —  Stanford to limit drug maker financing

August 26/08 —  Drug Companies and Schizophrenia: unbridled capitalism meets madness (PDF–324 KB)

August 22/08 —  Don't become a victim of medical marketing

August 15/08 —  Ending the Love affair between big pharma and the medical profession

August 1/08 —  Pill Pushers: pharmaceutical marketing in an overmedicated nation

July 12/08 —  American Psychiatric Association Faces scrutiny for drug company ties

June 23/08 —  The accuracy of psychiatric medication advertisements in medical journals

June 21/08 —  Britain's Child victims of the chemical Cosh

June 18/08 —  Non drug treatments for attention deficit disorder gaining credibility

June 16/08 — Legal drugs kill far more than illegal, Florida says

June 10/08 — Researchers fail to reveal full drug pay

June 5/08 — Persistent sexual dysfunction after discontinuation of Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors

May 29/08 — Psychiatric Medication Awareness Group Condemns government recommendation to scrap drug safety watchdog (PDF–15 KB)

May 29/08 — Highly-lauded drug assessment program under attack; (PDF)

May 29/08 — Current prescriptions of psychotropic drugs are irrational for the patients but very rational for the big pharma

May 29/08 — Life saving drug watchdog may be scrapped

Mar. 4/08 — Drug firms pressed on secret pill data

Feb. 27/08 — Drug giants warned: tell the truth on medicines

Feb. 26/08 — Anti-depressants' "little effect"

Jan. 31/08 — A Pill for every ill — or an ill for every pill?

Jan. 17/08 — Researchers find a bias toward upbeat findings on antidepressants

Jan. 15/08 — The ABCs of Disease Mongering: An epidemic in 26 letters (new book)

Jan. 8/08 — The Medicated Child: PBS takes on pharmaView video

Jan. 3/08 — Warning: drug ads can make you sick

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2007

Dec. 19/07 — Antidepressants and school shootings, suicide, addiction

Dec. 7/07 — Reported suicides—more than 80 percent got psychiatric drugs; well over 50 percent got antidepressants

Dec. 7/07 — Prescription abuse seen in U.S. nursing homes

Dec. 7/07 — Exercise pill hope for depression

Dec. 7/07 — No proof for imbalance of Serotonin in the brain in depression (PDF)

Dec. 7/07 — Older women on tranquillisers are major road risk

Nov. 17/07 — WorstPills.org — Reliable, objective, evidence-based and authoritative guide to prescription drugs (subscription-based) added to our Self-Help Resources.

Nov. 13/07 — Drugs for ADHD "not the answer"

Nov. 7/07 — Antipsychotic drug use and mortality in older adults with dementia

Nov. 7/07 — World experts demand end to child drugging in the US Part IPart II

Nov. 7/07 — Rethinking models of psychotropic drug action

Oct. 7/07 — OxyContin Drug company sued for millions

Aug. 1/07 — Seniors popping pills despite warnings

July 22/07 — Australia in legal drug abuse crisis

July 10/07 —  Prescription for Injury—book by Colin Downes-Grainger

July 10/07 — Elderly patients get hooked on sleeping pills

June 3/07 — Elderly doctors & drug-prescribing

May 23/07 — Benzodiazepine Dependency cause for concern in Quebec senior population

May 18/07 — The role of the pharmaceutical companies in the treatment of mental ill health (Dr. Heather Ashton speech)

Mar. 29/07 — Bipolar Treatment comes into question

Apr. 28/07 — U.S. wonders if Zyprexa drug data was accurate

Jan. 12/07 — Suicide rates in hospitals "very high"

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2006

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