March 15, 2019 at 3:58 pm

Upcoming Event: Grief & Loss Workshop Offered Cosponsored by MISSD

MISSD is pleased to partner with No Shame on U and Jewish Family Community Services, Chicago, to present a meaningful workshop for those touched by suicide. The event is open to all and will feature a small-group setting to discuss how grief can manifest itself after a suicide death. We will also explore effective strategies for coping. Participants will be given time to share their experiences and learn from others who have gone through the same type of loss.
To register, please contact Elizabeth Siegel Cohen, LCSW, FT at JCFS Chicago at (847) 745-5404 or
March 14, 2019 at 2:00 pm

Tapering is Needed When Stopping Drugs Labeled Antidepressants

MISSD is pleased to see research supporting the need for close monitoring when discontinuing SSRIs such as Prozac, Zoloft and Paxil. Consumers should work closely with their prescribers to carefully taper drug dosage.
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March 13, 2019 at 5:59 pm

Interim Chief is Selected for FDA

Director of the National Cancer Institute and a career scientist, Norman “Ned” Sharpless, is named as interim head of the Food and Drug Administration.
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March 7, 2019 at 2:39 pm

FDA Head Abruptly Resigns

Scott Gottlieb, U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner, recently resigned his position. Gottlieb stated he is resigning because he wants to spend more time with his family.
March 6, 2019 at 12:52 pm

Drugs Labeled Antidepressants May be Hard to Quit

New research shows doctors can misunderstand and misdiagnose withdrawal symptoms when patients try to stop taking SSRIs such as Paxil, Zoloft and Prozac. Insomnia, lack of appetite and increased anxiety can be symptoms of withdrawal that doctors mistake as signs of other illnesses.
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March 1, 2019 at 2:23 pm

Former FDA Commissioner Notes Agency’s Role in the Opioid Epidemic

A recent 60 Minutes news program features former FDA commissioner discussing the FDA’s mistakes regarding the opioid epidemic.
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.
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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.


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.


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: