Month: January 2009

Implications, Money, NeuroPsyche

Lilly agrees to settle criminal investigation over the psych drug Zyprexa.

As part of the settlement
with the Justice Department, Lilly agreed to plead guilty to one
misdemeanor violation of the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act related to the
off-label promotion of Zyprexa between 1999 and 2001. The guilty plea
says Lilly promoted the drug in elderly people as treatment for
dementia, including Alzheimer’s, although the drug isn’t approved for
such use.

Implications, NeuroPsyche, Technology

Study Finds Drug Risks With Newer Antipsychotics (New York Times)

They found 478 sudden cardiac deaths among those taking
the drugs, about twice the rate of the control group. The risk —
equivalent to 3 deaths for every 1,000 patients taking the drugs for a
year — was about the same whether people took the newer or older
medications. The higher the dose of the drug, the study found, the
higher the risk of sudden death. …

Implications, Money

Lilly to pay $1.4B in Zyprexa settlement

Lilly had been accused of persuading doctors to prescribe Zyprexa to
children and the elderly, despite the fact that the drug wasn’t
FDA-approved for those patient groups–and the knowledge that it was
particularly risky for them to take. As you know, Zyprexa has been
shown to cause excessive weight gain and to boost the risk of death in
elderly patients with dementia. …

Implications, NeuroPsyche, Toxicology

The Patriot Ledger How many more Rebecca Rileys? To diagnose a 2-year-old as bipolar by adult standards is crazy

By prescribing strong medicines instead
of teaching children new choices using proven behavioral methods, we
short-circuit a child’s learning process and, even worse, lay the
tracks for a lifetime habit of responding to challenge and
disappointment with avoidance, denial and chemical dependency. …


January Press Release from Anonymous

‘Anonymous’ is a loosely affiliated group of dedicated people from
all walks of life, and all over the world, connected only by the common
goal of exposing the corrupt and abusive practices of organised
Scientology. To further their goal, the web-based activists have held
monthly protests and rallies worldwide, with the intent of bringing
Scientology abuses to the public domain and urging politicians to take
action. …