September 26, 2019 at 5:32 pm

Akathisia Stories Releases Podcast Extras

Producer Andy Miles features an Akathisia Stories podcast extra: Drug safety advocate Kim Witczak discusses the birth of MISSD, her experiences on the FDA advisory panel, and how making akathisia a household word can reduce suffering and save lives. Listen here.
September 24, 2019 at 2:44 pm

Study Finds Zoloft Does Not Improve Depression

Zoloft is not effective in treating depressive symptoms, finds 6-week study. Pfizer Pharmaceuticals are the makers of Zoloft, the marketing name for sertraline. Read the full story here.


September 23, 2019 at 4:29 pm

Akathisia Stories Podcast Four Features Kim Witczack

The fourth episode of our Akathisia Stories podcast features Kim Witczack who discusses her late husband, Woody, and his akathisia-induced death. Kim’s tireless advocacy began years ago when she filed a lawsuit against Zoloft maker, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals. Today Kim serves on many boards and is a consumer representative on the FDA Psychopharmacologic Drug Advisory Committee.
Listen to the podcast here.
Read the transcript here.


September 22, 2019 at 8:40 am

Doctors Told to Warn Patients: Asthma Drug Can Cause Suicidal Thoughts

Adverse effects from asthma drug include “nightmares, seeing grotesque things while awake & being gripped by suicidal urges after taking the drug, also known by the brand name Singulair.” Many were never warned of the risks & their adverse experiences were dismissed.
Read the full story here.



September 20, 2019 at 10:19 am

International Akathisia Awareness Day Can Save LIves

Adverse drug effects, patient safety and suicide prevention initiatives are increasingly in the news. Yet much of the public remains unaware of akathisia. Please help MISSD change that by using Twitter hashtag #AkathisiaMatters and sharing today’s news release.

September 17, 2019 at 3:33 pm

It’s World Patient Safety Day: Help Make Akathisia a Household Word

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September 14, 2019 at 7:46 am

Cancer-Causing Chemicals Detected in Heartburn Drug

The FDA “has detected a “probable” cancer-causing chemical” in Zantac, a common heartburn medication. It is available in over-the-counter and prescription form. Consumers who take the prescription version and want to stop taking it should “consult their doctors to discuss other treatments,” recommends the FDA.
Read the full story here.
September 12, 2019 at 7:39 am

Merck Allegedly Hid Critical Propecia Risks

Merck’s Propecia drug is responsible for man’s death at age 40, states widow whose lawsuit alleges the pharma company knew for years that their product could cause persistent sexual dysfunction and depression, but it concealed this data. More than 1,100 other families have also filed Propecia lawsuits.
September 11, 2019 at 5:08 pm

Teen’s Sudden Death Possibly Related to Anti-Malaria Drug

A British teenager’s violent sudden death may have been precipitated by adverse effects of Doxycycline, an antibiotic commonly prescribed for anti-malaria and acne.
Read the full story here.
September 10, 2019 at 3:20 pm

Recognize World Suicide Prevention Day by Taking Akathisia 101

Adverse drug effects are a leading cause of death. Whenever stopping, starting or changing dosage of certain medications, consumers should be closely monitored for any unusual changes in behavior.
Akathisia is an adverse drug effect that can cause delirium, psychosis and iatrogenic “suicide.” Spend an hour to save a life at