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.