July 11, 2017 at 7:47 pm

World Benzo Day #WorldBenzoDay

 

Today is World Benzodiazepine Awareness Day, a day that seeks to raise global awareness about Benzo dependence. These drugs can cause adverse effects as well as intense withdrawal symptoms, which can potentially last for years.

MISSD is not anti-drug but supports awareness of some of the dangers associated with Benzo medications, as they have been associated with akathisia.

For more information, visit http://w-bad.org, which has handouts, events, videos and much more for both lay people and professionals. You can also get involved on social media.

Have you or a loved one experienced a side effect of withdrawal symptom from a Benzo drug? Let us know here or email us privately if you’d like to share your story.

June 14, 2017 at 3:44 am

Akathisia Commercial: Have you Seen It?

Have you seen the Vanda Pharmaceuticals commercial that focuses on akathisia?

We’re glad to see akathisia awareness getting attention. Although the commercial focuses specifically on the disorder being connected to schizophrenia, we know it of course can be associated with many other medications and health issues. What do you think of it?

 

June 8, 2017 at 3:14 am

MISSD at the Naomi Ruth Cohen Conference

MISSD set up shop at the 2017 Naomi Ruth Cohen Conference this past weekend to educate mental health providers and practitioners, educators, the public and anyone interested in mental health and wellness about akathisia and potential side effects of psychotropic (and other) medications.

Held at Beth Emet Synagogue in Evanston, this year’s theme was “Raising Resilient Children: Prioritizing Their Mental Health.” Educational sessions focused a lot on ways to reach children and young adults, and addressed some of the unique concerns they face and that can affect their mental well-being.

We spoke to a wide range of people; it was an inspiring event and we thank them!

May 20, 2017 at 3:58 am

Could Chris Cornell’s Death Have Been Caused by Akathisia?

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/chris-cornells-wife-issues-statement-w48317

 

Photo by Rolling Stone

 

May 14, 2017 at 3:20 am

The SSRI Wars

A short but well summarized article about how MISSD founder Wendy Dolin and advisor Kim Witczak turned their grief into action.

http://milestone.legalexaminer.com/fda-prescription-drugs/the-ssri-wars-protecting-others-while-putting-life-back-together/

 

 

 

May 5, 2017 at 2:38 am

Wendy Takes on GlaxoSmithKline and Wins

Wendy Dolin Takes on GlaxoSmithKline And Wins — For Now at Least

May 1, 2017 at 11:12 pm

An Open Letter to Dr. Scott Gottlieb

Dear Scott Gottlieb: Add new warnings to Paxil labels. You may save a life

April 29, 2017 at 6:25 pm

More About Wendy’s Victorious Trial in the News…

If you’d like to read more about MISSD founder Wendy Dolin’s victorious trial against GSK, here are several articles you might find of interest:

http://www.americanlawyer.com/id=1202784228076/Jury-Awards-3M-to-Widow-of-ExReed-Smith-Partner?slreturn=20170321175401

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/apr/20/woman-wins-lawsuit-against-drug-company-for-husban/

Jury Awards $3M To Widow Who Sued Drug Firm Over Husband’s Suicide

http://www.fiercepharma.com/pharma/gsk-ordered-to-pay-3m-for-chicago-attorney-s-suicide-while-generic-paxil

April 29, 2017 at 6:11 pm

British Medical Journal article

Check out this recent article in the British Medical Journal:

US drug regulators should consider adding adults to
SSRI suicide warning, says campaigner

Ed Silverman

Millburn, New Jersey

A British doctor who campaigned for the public to be warned about increased suicide risk in young people taking
antidepressants has said that US drug regulators should consider including adults in warnings.

David Healy, a psychiatry professor at Bangor University, called for the warnings after GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) was ordered to
pay $3m (£2.34m; €2.75m) to the widow of a US man who killed himself shortly after starting generic paroxetine.

The jury in the case of Stewart Dolin, a 57 year old attorney, concluded that GSK had failed to properly warn the public about
the increased risk of suicide when taking paroxetine. The jury reached its verdict after lawyers for Dolin’s widow, Wendy,
presented evidence in the Chicago federal court suggesting that GSK knew that paroxetine posed a risk to adults but had
concealed or manipulated data.

Dolin stepped in front of a train in July 2010 shortly after starting a generic version of paroxetine that was sold by Mylan
Pharmaceuticals. Mylan was originally named in the lawsuit but was later dismissed because of regulations and a Supreme
Court ruling that a generic company cannot be sued if the brand name company does not first change product labelling.
Warnings about the increased risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviour in children and young adults were added to the labels
of antidepressants in the US and Europe more than a decade ago.

In the US, however, labels do not warn of these risks for anyone over 24 years old. Many consumers have tried to hold drug makers responsible for suicides in adults without success. But the legal team representing Wendy Dolin argued that GSK had artificially inflated the number of suicides and suicide attempts that occurred among people who were given a placebo during clinical trials of paroxetine. They said that this alleged move made the antidepressant look better by comparison, since it appeared to minimise the risk of suicide associated with the drug.

The lawyers also argued that GSK had used averages for all selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) to demonstrate
that paroxetine did not raise the risk of suicide in adults aged over 24. Court documents also indicated that paroxetine
displayed a much higher risk than all but one of the SSRI drugs. Wendy Dolin declared the verdict “a great day for consumers.”
After the verdict she told the Chicago Tribune, “This for me has not just been about the money. This has always been about
awareness [of] a health issue, and the public has to be aware of this.”

Healy, who spearheaded the campaign to upgrade suicide warnings on antidepressants and testified as an expert witness
on behalf of Wendy Dolin, said that the findings in the case should prompt the US drug regulator to review the evidence on
SSRIs and suicide risk in adults.

“When it becomes so clear cut that a jury finds there is a problem, it suggests the evidence is strong enough to look at
the issue,” Healy told The BMJ. “If it’s that clear to the average man on the street, and the FDA [the US Food and Drug
Administration] doesn’t do something about it, we have an odd situation.”

GSK, which markets paroxetine under the brand name Paxil in the US, has said that it will appeal the verdict. “GSK maintains
that because it did not manufacture or market the medicine ingested by Mr Dolin, it should not be liable,” it said in a
statement. “Additionally, the Paxil label provided complete and adequate warnings during the time period relevant to this
lawsuit.”

GSK added, “The scientific evidence does not establish that paroxetine causes suicide, suicide attempts, self-harm, or suicidal thinking in adult patients. In 2007, FDA revised the labelling for the entire class of SSRI drugs (including generic paroxetine and Paxil). The label includes statements that studies did not show an increased risk of suicidality (attempts or ideation) in adults over the age of 24, and that there appeared to be a protective effect in adults over 64.”

1 Eaton L. Regulator restricts use of SSRIs in children. BMJ 2005.www.bmj.com/content/
330/7498/984.2.
Published by the BMJ Publishing Group Limited. For permission to use (where not already
granted under a licence) please go to http://group.bmj.com/group/rights

April 28, 2017 at 5:35 pm

In Her Own Words

Read Wendy’s exclusive and in-depth interview with prominent blogger Bob Fiddaman, who followed the trial closely and wrote about it almost daily throughout. You’ll learn about some behind-the-scenes goings on that she couldn’t discuss during the trial, and why this case was so vitally important to her mission.