Archived News Articles & Announcements
June 20/18 — SSRI and SNRI withdrawal symptoms reported on an Internet forum (PDF–53 KB).
In this cross-sectional US population-based survey study conducted between 2005 and 2014, the estimated overall prevalence of US adults using medications with depression as a potential adverse effect was 37.2%. The adjusted percentage of adults with concurrent depression was higher among those using more concurrent medications (eg, estimated 15% for =3 medications).
June 13/18 — We need new ways of treating depression.
May 18/18 — Video: Improve your sleep without drugs.
Improve Your Sleep Many people take drugs because of insomnia. This University of Alabama Sleep Research Project video discusses the common causes of insomnia and the drug-free steps you can take to improve your sleep habits. Related brochure summarizes the recommendations (PDF).
April 21/18 — Many people taking antidepressants discover they cannot quit.
April 9/18 — Can't sleep? Tell yourself it's not a big deal.
March 19/18 — A quiet drug problem among the elderly.
Way too many older Americans are getting benzos. And of those, many — more than half — are getting them for prolonged periods. That's just bad practice. They have serious consequences.
February 26/18 — Challenging the new hype about antidepressants.
January 4/18 — Additional research confirms the association of hip fractures with benzo use. Some studies show increased risk in short term users (worstpills.org: subscription-based).
January 4/18 — Antipsychotics can cause vocal cord damage.
December 15/17 — As dangerous as opioids — Benzo overprescription becoming a crisis.
November 30/17 — Operating in Darkness: BC's Mental Health Act Detention System. Report (PDF–7.09 MB). New report finds disturbing rights violations in BC's mental health detention system.
BC's mental health detention system has been operating in darkness for too long. While other Canadian provinces have been conducting investigations to evaluate their mental health detention systems, the BC Government has failed to engage in any systemic review. — Laura Johnston
November 24/17 — How the new impatient patient is disrupting medicine. Patient activists have never been as vocal. But are they truly being heard?
November 23/17 — Are You Addicted to Benzos? — a new posting on the Benzodiazepine and Sleeping Pill Addiction, Tapering & Recovery Blog.
November 21/17 — YouTube video: Sexual function with antidepressants.
Post-SSRI Sexual Dysfunction (PSSD) is a condition in which sexual side effects don't resolve after stopping antidepressants, or in some cases only develop when the antidepressant is stopped. Similar problems happen after isotretinoin (PRSD) and finasteride (PFS).
For more than two decades, in thousands of cases across Canada, Motherisk's flawed drug and alcohol testing influenced decisions about whether to remove children from their families. Parents who've lost children speak out about the heartbreaking aftermath and experts weigh in on how it all went wrong.
September 25/17 — Thou shall not criticize our drugs.
September 25/17 — Psychiatry ignores an elephant in the room.
May 3/17 — worstpills.org: Researchers fight to undo a depression drug's dark history (subscription-based). It refers to a published study promoting the benefits of citalopram (CELEXA) for the treatment of depression in children and teens, which was never approved by the FDA.
April 11/17 — How many pills are too many?
January 1/17 — The Daisy Project: Escaping Psychiatry and Rediscovering Love. Daisy's story inspires others to never give up, and to believe that they too can regain control and rediscover the light and love in their own lives.
December 8/16 — The harms of antipsychotic drugs: evidence from key studies.
October 24/16 — The Benzodiazepine Medical Disaster is a documentary that tells the hidden story of how benzodiazepines can both maim and kill. Professor Heather Ashton compares it to the Thalidomide scandal. Added to our Video Links.
October 3/16 — Explosion in the number of prescriptions of antidepressants for seniors (French — Le Journal de Montréal). Google translation to English.
September 2/16 — Opiods and anti-anxiety medication are killing white American women.
August 14/16 — My trip through the polypharmacy blender.
August 12/16 — Dangerous mix of medication leads to faulty Alzheimer's diagnosis. (Up to 1 in 5 dementias are caused by a bad combination of medications in Canadian seniors.)
March 7/16 — Deprescribing medications for seniors a safety priority.
February 26/16 — More overdose deaths from anxiety drugs.
January 19/16 — Benzodiazepines; Risks and Benefits. A Reconsideration. (PDF–27.1 KB) A review by Professor C Heather Ashton, DM, FRCP. See also this section of The Ashton Manual Supplement.
December 12/15 — Still in a crib, yet being given antipsychotics.
September 13/15 — Linda Caroline Wakeham's obituary is a powerful testimony to the dangers of anti-depressants.
September 4/15 — Psychiatrists: the drug pushers. Is the current epidemic of depression and hyperactivity the result of disease-mongering by the psychiatric profession and big pharma? Does psychiatry have any credibility left at all?
April 6/15 — worstpills.org: Benzodiazepines: widely prescribed, dangerous sleep and tranquilizer drugs (subscription-based).
March 25/15 — Prescription Pharmaceuticals in Canada: Final Report (PDF–4.08 MB). Canada's Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology, March 2015.
October 3/14 — Reducing polypharmacy: A logical approach. Polypharmacy is the use of multiple medications by a patient.
October 1/14 — worstpills.org: Eszopiclone (LUNESTA): too dangerous at any dose (subscription-based).
July 1/14 — worstpills.org: New study shows increased risk of death with sleeping pills and tranquilizers (subscription-based).
May 12/14 — WorstPill.org's free consumer information on drug safety and more provides an invaluable resource to consumers.
April 26/14 — SSRIs: The gateway drug to mass murder.
March 31/14 — American Addict is a documentary film that reveals the relationships between the FDA, big Pharma, physicians and the media that are in place to ensure that medical problems are treated primarily with pills. Registration required to watch the free documentary. Watch the trailer on YouTube.
January 7/14 — Antidepressant-induced liver injury: a review for clinicians.
January 2/14 — World famous psychiatrist calls for a revolution in psychiatric medicine. Creative Outrage is available for free download on Helke Ferrie's Website.
December 3/13 — Relabeling the medications we call antidepressants.
November 22/13 — Antidepressant use in Canada among highest in world: OECD.
September 25/13 — Anti-depressants linked to type 2 diabetes.
September 14/13 — Too much medicine is bad for our health.
September 6/13 — The psychiatric drug crisis.
September 3/13 — Report: corporate crime in the pharmaceutical industry is common, serious and repetitive. (PDF–174 KB)
July 1/13 — Health Canada announced changes to the system for reporting adverse drug reactions (extended interview).
June 11/13 — Rise in off-label use of antipsychotic drugs for B.C. youth soars, study says. See also:
- Effect of antipsychotic drugs on children (including the rise in deaths with second generation antipsychotics); and
- List of antipsychotic drugs for adults prescribed to children.
May 31/13 — Time for a paradigm shift in psychiatric diagnosis (PDF–121 KB).
April 22/13 — Addiction to prescribed drugs: round table discussion
April 22/13 — Drug Reactions: The effectiveness of antidepressants
April 9/13 — Diagnosis: Human
April 8/13 — 'Deceitful' Big Pharma accused of putting lives at risk.
March 26/13 — Editorial: Assessing drugs a vital function.
March 26/13 — Drug reactions send 26,000 seniors to hospital.
March 3/13 —
Medicating the military Use of psychiatric drugs has spiked; concerns surface about suicide, other dangers.
February 21/13 — Medicines flushed down toilets hurting fish: study.
January 24/13 — Top psychiatrist: [Psychotropic] meds behind school massacres.
December 20/12 — Fanapt hoax hides real connection between shooters and SSRI drugs.
December 5/12 — Paxil lawsuit approved as class action by B.C. judge.
November 26/12 — Grapefruit juice interaction with drugs can be deadly.
November 25/12 — New PMAG “benzo help” blog: Benzodiazepine and Sleeping Pill Addiction, Tapering & Recovery.
November 12/12 — Forgetfulness in seniors tied to anxiety and insomnia drugs.
November 5/12 — Depression and antidepressants in Australia and beyond — a critical public health analysis. (PDF–2.69 MB)
October 29/12 — Health Canada brushes off reports of serious side effects.
October 3/12 — Drug Safety Initiative: Potentially Inappropriate Medications in Seniors — a CME guide designed for family physicians, geriatricians, and other health care professionals who care for older adults.
October 2/12 — Addicted to Valium.
September 30/12 — Valium’s contribution to our new normal.
September 25/12 — The drugs don't work: a modern medical scandal.
August 28/12 — Overtreatment is taking a harmful toll.
August 9/12 — Advertising dollars predict drug prescription rates.
August 3/12 — Is Anxiety Overdiagnosed?
July 17/12 — FDA maintained an 'enemies list' to quell critics.
July 12/12 — 3 antidepressants found in autopsy of Mary Kennedy.
July 12/12 — Happiness is being a loser.
March 13/12 — New worries about sleeping pills.
February 29/12 — Study: Popular sleeping pill Ambien linked to increased death rate. (BMJ Abstract)
February 22/12 — Mass-withdrawal disaster feared as OxyContin funding pulled.
February 21/12 — Psychiatric 'bible' may classify the bereaved as mentally ill: Journal.
February 13/12 — Risperdal on trial, Texas style.
February 13/12 — Prevention of depression and anxiety.
February 3/12 — Celexa medication guide (PDF–44 KB). The companies know all about the adverse drug reactions.
February 1/12 — Searching for side effects.
January 17/12 — 4 creepy ways big pharma peddles its drugs.
December 7/11 — Seven diseases Big Pharma hopes you get in 2012.
December 5/11 — ABC News video: Too many meds for foster kids? Foster children are given mind-altering drugs at up to 13 times the rate of other children.
November 21/11 — Drugs used for psychotics go to youths in foster care.
November 17/11 — U.S. study: Use of psychiatric drugs spreads.
November 8/11 — YouTube Video: Robert Whitaker — Rethinking psychiatric care.
October 29/11 — CDC: Antidepressant use skyrockets 400% in past 20 years.
October 1/11 — "The Myth of Mental Illness" by Thomas Szasz
September 27/11 — How do patients weigh the risks of taking a prescription drug?
September 20/11 — Prescription drug deaths now outnumber traffic fatalities in the US
August 27/11 — Is your mum on drugs?
August 15/11 — Life addicted to prescription drugs
August 3/11 — Antipsychotic wrongly marketed to kids
July 17/11 — The illusions of psychiatry (part 2 of a series).
June 22/11 — "Neurontin killed our husbands, we believe"
April 12/11 — The other drug problem: The prescriptions we take to regulate cholesterol, blood pressure and stomach acid are supposed to make us healthier. But could these medications be doing us more harm than good?
March 22/11 — Health Canada "silent" on drug safety decisions
February 25/11 — Are antidepressants better than a placebo?
February 4/11 — Rapidly increasing criminal and civil monetary penalties against the pharmaceutical industry: 1991 to 2010 — view entire report as a PDF
December 17/10 — Drug makers are paying big settlements
December 7/10 — Is psychiatry for sale?
December 5/10 — Check on benzodiazepine-use must be done, say MPs.
November 10/10 — Drugs linked to brain damage 30 years ago.
November 10/10 —
Covered up evidence from medical research files on brain damage caused by benzodiazepines (PDF–3.87 MB)
November 10/10 —
Public information as a marketing tool: promotion of diseases and medicines (PDF–2.28 MB) More…
November 10/10 —
Chemical cosh drugs to be cut by two thirds.
November 10/10 —
Mad in America: History, science, and the treatment of psychiatric disorders — a Psychology Today blog.
November 10/10 —
Prescrire in English provides factual information on adverse drug reactions and drug safety.
November 10/10 —
Is your mom on drugs? — a guide for family members, caregivers and primary care providers.
October 23/10 —
J&J told to pay $257.7 million over Risperdal marketing tactics
October 19/10 —
Side effects may include lawsuits
October 18/10 —
Lies, damned lies, and medical science
September 17/10 —
Are antidepressants safe in pregnancy? A focus on SSRIs
September 16/10 —
The secret lives of big pharma's "thought leaders"
September 7/10 —
Taking SSRI antidepressants during pregnancy: considerations and risks (PDF–62 KB)
September 7/10 —
Child's ordeal shows risks of psychosis drugs for young
September 7/10 —
Informed consent and shared decision-making: a requirement to disclose to patients off-label prescriptions (PDF available for download — 93 KB)
April 29/10 —
Top 25 psychiatric prescriptions for 2009
April 26/10 —
Exercise helps fight anxiety, depression
April 17/10 —
8 invented diseases big pharma is banking on
April 8/10 —
blog, Beyond Meds — Alternatives to Psychiatry, added. More…
April 8/10 —
Manufacturing Depression by Gary Greenberg
March 22/10 —
When drug makers' profits outweigh penalties
March 18/10 —
The long-term course of unmedicated depression
March 15/10 —
The Emperor's New Drugs: Exploding the Antidepressant Myth, a book by Irving Kirsch
March 8/10 —
Seroquel cocktail and military deaths
January 22/10 —
How the US exports its mental illnesses
January 22/10 —
Drugmaker got kickbacks for nursing home patients
December 17/09 —
Anti-depressants "up stroke risk"
December 14/09 —
Poor children likelier to get antipsychotics
November 28/09 —
Big pharma beaten
November 19/09 —
Pediatric Zyprexa brochures embarrass British health service
November 13/09 —
Chemical restraints killing dementia patients
November 13/09 —
US Senator wants Pentagon to review antidepressants
November 11/09 —
Pregnant women risk early delivery from using psychiatric medication
October 29/09 —
Weight gain associated with antipsychotic drugs
October 20/09 — Pharmalot blog added blog added to our Self-Help Resources.
October 15/09 — The Cochrane Library added to our Self-Help Resources.
October 13/09 — Canadian Adverse Reaction Newsletter added to our Self-Help Resources.
October 9/09 — Drug Product Database Online Query — more complete descriptions of drugs, their use, contraindications and potential risks
October 9/09 — Drugs associated with more suicidal ideations are also associated with more suicide attempts (PDF–226 KB)
September 22/09 — Document details plan to promote costly drug
August 10/09 — Doped and duped
August 10/09 — Women given antidepressant that can cause birth defects
July 8/09 — Interpreting antidepressant clinical trials
July 8/09 — Antidepressant use linked to bone loss
June 8/09 — Meltdown in the drug industry
June 8/09 — Study shows some SSRIs may cause Tamoxifen breast cancer drug to lose effectiveness See also related BMJ study (PDF–132 KB)
June 1/09 — Psychiatric Drugs Might Raise Cardiac Death Risk
A legal loophole is counteracting Canada's ban on direct-to-consumer drug advertising and has exposed Canadians to more than $90 million worth of ads, including those for drugs with life-threatening risks, according to a study by UBC researchers.
March 27/09 — Online age quiz is a window for drug makers
March 18/09 — A silenced drug study creates an uproar
January 29/09 — Death by Prescription: A Father Takes on His Daughter's Killer — the Multi-Billion Dollar Pharmaceutical Companies (book review)
November 27/08 — Proceedings from Adverse Reactions to Drugs: What is Our Responsibility? by Sara Bostock (PDF–32 KB)
November 19/08 — Use of antipsychotics in children is criticized
November 17/08 — The epidemic of overmedication
November 15/08 — Drugged-out seniors a prescription for disaster
October 3/08 — Top psychiatrist failed to report drug income
September 26/08 — Antidepressants may harm male fertility
September 26/08 — B.C. Health minister won't prevent gifts going to doctors
September 11/08 — Drugs and the elderly in Canadian nursing homes
September 11/08 — 2004 report states 5/6 elderly taking prescription drugs in the US
August 26/08 — Stanford to limit drug maker financing
August 26/08 — Drug Companies and Schizophrenia: unbridled capitalism meets madness (PDF–324 KB)
August 22/08 — Don't become a victim of medical marketing
June 21/08 — Britain's Child victims of the chemical Cosh
June 16/08 — Legal drugs kill far more than illegal, Florida says
June 10/08 — Researchers fail to reveal full drug pay
May 29/08 — Highly-lauded drug assessment program under attack; (PDF)
May 29/08 — Life saving drug watchdog may be scrapped
Mar. 4/08 — Drug firms pressed on secret pill data
Feb. 27/08 — Drug giants warned: tell the truth on medicines
Feb. 26/08 — Anti-depressants' "little effect"
Jan. 31/08 — A Pill for every ill — or an ill for every pill?
Jan. 15/08 — The ABCs of Disease Mongering: An epidemic in 26 letters (new book)
Dec. 7/07 — Exercise pill hope for depression
Dec. 7/07 — No proof for imbalance of Serotonin in the brain in depression (links to PDF).
Nov. 13/07 — Drugs for ADHD "not the answer"
Nov. 7/07 — Rethinking models of psychotropic drug action
Oct. 7/07 — OxyContin Drug company sued for millions
Aug. 1/07 — Seniors popping pills despite warnings
July 22/07 — Australia in legal drug abuse crisis
July 10/07 — Elderly patients get hooked on sleeping pills
June 3/07 — Elderly doctors & drug-prescribing
May 18/07 — The role of the pharmaceutical companies in the treatment of mental ill health (Dr. Heather Ashton speech)
Apr. 28/07 — U.S. wonders if Zyprexa drug data was accurate
Jan. 12/07 — Suicide rates in hospitals "very high"
July 11/06 — Financial ties to industry cloud depression study
June/06 — SSRI disaster stories
May/06 — US: selling to the worried well
May 1/06 — Elderly at risk using mood drugs
Spring 2006 — Survey finds drugs often prescribed incorrectly
Nov. 11/05 — Sedatives risk fears for elderly
Oct. 20/05 — Big pharma's calling the shots
May/05 — Women and Health Protection releases new paper on SSRIs (PDF)
Updated: January 8, 2019