February 27, 2019 at 2:52 pm

Senator Poses Questions About Opioid Marketing

U.S. politicians are showing increased concern about truth in pharmaceutical marketing as it pertains to America’s current opioid epidemic.
For more info, see: https://www.unionleader.com/news/politics/national/sen-hassan-grills-pharma-executive-over-marketing-of-powerful-opioids/article_9428eeda-936c-5efc-b645-8a15aba89445.html
February 25, 2019 at 3:44 pm

Dutch Group Alleges GSK Failed to Communicate Serious Risks

A formal claim will be made against GlaxoSmithKline by more than 20 people in the Netherlands who used Seroxat (paroxetine) in their youth. (GSK sells paroxetine as Paxil in America.)  The group states GSK failed to inform them about the serious psychological side effects of the drug, including aggressive behavior and an increased risk of suicide. These adverse drug effects were apparently not listed on GSK’s Seroxat label at the time these teens were given the drug.

See: https://www.dutchnews.nl/news/2019/02/dutch-seroxat-teen-users-to-sue-drug-maker-for-side-effects/

February 21, 2019 at 2:40 pm

Drug Approval Process Raises Consumer’s Questions

MISSD Board member, Kim Witzack, discusses the recent FDA approval of esketamine, a nasal spray to be marketed as an antidepressant. Witzack serves as a consumer representative on the FDA Advisory Committee. The FDA reviewed only one positive clinical trial before approving the drug.

See: https://www.madinamerica.com/2019/02/nasal-spray-for-depression/

February 19, 2019 at 1:57 pm

Excellent Podcast Spotlighting Adverse Drug Effects

The Human Givens Institute provides an informative podcast with psychotherapist Marion Brown who sheds light on adverse drug effects. MISSD sincerely appreciates Brown’s reference to our work. Listen at: https://www.hgi.org.uk/resources/podcasts/why-antidepressants-need-be-understood




February 11, 2019 at 1:40 pm

Global Drug Safety Can Improve Outcomes

Drug safety and accurate adverse reporting can improve patient outcomes across the globe. It is good to see this topic in the news. Visit: https://www.outsourcing-pharma.com/Article/2019/02/11/Icon-introduces-new-drug-safety-reporting-solution
February 6, 2019 at 2:52 pm

Communication is Key to Patient Safety and Adherence

A recent survey finds more than half of patients are not confident in managing their own prescriptions due to inadequate patient education. MISSD supports close patient-doctor communication whenever starting, stopping or changing a drug dosage. See: patientengagementhit.com/news/patient-education-communication-key-for-medication-adherence
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February 1, 2019 at 9:24 am

Research Reports Drug Withdrawal Problems

Consumers and family members should be aware of symptoms of prescription drug withdrawal, to include withdrawal akathisia, whenever stopping certain prescriptions such as SSRIs, a class of drugs commonly labeled as antidepressants.
See: psychiatrictimes.com/couch-crisis/international-antidepressant-withdrawal-crisis-time-act