January 23, 2020 at 3:45 pm

A Sister Speaks Up To Help Others

Caroline Downing, who lost her twelve-year-old sister, Candace, to prescription-drug-induced death in 2004, discusses her family’s experiences and her own efforts to raise awareness of adverse drug effects.
Listen to Akathisia Stories, podcast 6 here.
January 22, 2020 at 2:16 pm

Another “Train Accident” Possibly Linked to Akathisia

The sixteen-year-old girl who died in a “train accident” became agitated and had shared that Zoloft made her feel ‘funny.'” Read the full story here.
January 20, 2020 at 11:18 am

Parents Say Zoloft “Didn’t Help” Their Son

A gifted young footballer who jumped in front of a train was prescribed depression pills prior to his death. Parents say had never talked about suicide before but had mentioned feeling “hopelessness.”  Read the full story here.
January 17, 2020 at 12:12 pm

New Report Finds FDA Uses Less Data to Approve Drugs

“The FDA has increasingly accepted less data and more surrogate measures and has shortened its review times.” Consumers considering taking a new prescription should “scour a drug’s patient-package insert and the FDA website for information on the benefits and risks of the medication.”
Get the full story here.
January 16, 2020 at 4:17 pm

New Documentary Spotlights Polypharmacy and Adverse Drug Effects

US veteran and drug safety advocate, Angela Peacock, is one of many who share their factual experiences in the new documentary, “Medicating Normal” which is premiering at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival today and tomorrow. MISSD founder, Wendy Dolin, was pleased to see this film earlier and hopes it will help more people better understand the possible risks posed by various pharmaceuticals prior to prescription.
Listen to the podcast here.
January 14, 2020 at 12:55 pm

Miss America Parades Drug Safety

The new Miss America ran on a platform of drug safety focused on children. MISSD appreciates her efforts and hopes she will help save lives by highlighting life-threatening adverse drug effects posed by various pharmaceutical products.
Listen to the full story here.
January 10, 2020 at 2:22 pm

Insomnia, Nightmares and SSRIs

“Until I started taking medication I hadn’t experienced any issues with sleep, apart from the typical disturbed nights that come with having a baby and toddler,” says Helen*, 30. “But my sleep worsened noticeably in the six weeks after I started taking antidepressants… I would find myself awake in the middle of the night with a cosmic feeling of unsettledness combined with a sensation similar to restless legs, but across my back. I also had severe nightmares…”

Read the full article here.

January 8, 2020 at 2:53 pm

Many Different Drugs Can Cause Akathisia Symptoms

“Over the years, Golomb has collected reports from patients across the United States – tales of broken marriages, destroyed careers, and a surprising number of men who have come unnervingly close to murdering their wives. In almost every case, the symptoms began when they started taking statins, then promptly returned to normal when they stopped…”
Get the full story here.
January 5, 2020 at 2:23 pm

Drug Safety Pioneer Leaves Behind Legacy

Dr. Heather Ashton, a psychopharmacologist and author of the “Ashton Manual,” has died. The New York Times reports that Ashton’s lasting achievements include helping doctors and patients recognize and respond to benzo withdrawal and related adverse drug effects.
Dr. Ashton’s ability to listen to patients helped her collect accurate data used to develop the manual for benzo withdrawal and appropriate deprescribing.
“Patients themselves, and not the medical profession, were the first to realize that long-term use of benzodiazepines can cause problems,” wrote Dr. Ashton.
Read the full article here.
December 28, 2019 at 3:16 pm

Task Force to Review Acne Drug After 12 Die

Isotretinoin, commonly marketed under the brand name, Roaccutane, is being reviewed by UK drug regulators after an increase of deaths among product consumers. The drug can cause severe “anxiety, aggression and violence, changes in mood, or suicidal thoughts,” all of which are also listed symptoms of akathisia.
Robert Reeves, the father of the late Luke Reeves, who died at age 21, said he believes his son’s death is related to  “a four-month course of Roaccutane.”  Luke “become irrational and lethargic” after taking the drug.
Mr. Reeves told an Essex Coroner’s Court that Luke’s personality changed completely after starting the drug and he believes Roche is responsible for ‘murdering people.’
Read the full article here.