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2013-02-20 16:26:03

Drug overdose deaths increase for 11(th) consecutive year ATLANTA, Feb. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Drug overdose deaths increased for the 11th consecutive year in 2010, according to an analysis from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The findings are published today in a research letter, "Pharmaceutical Overdose Deaths, United States, 2010," in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). CDC's analysis shows that 38,329 people died from a drug overdose...

Anti-Depressants Likely Do More Harm Than Good
2012-04-24 10:47:44

Commonly prescribed anti-depressants appear to be doing patients more harm than good, say researchers who have published a paper examining the impact of the medications on the entire body. "We need to be much more cautious about the widespread use of these drugs," says Paul Andrews, an evolutionary biologist at McMaster University and lead author of the article, published today in the online journal Frontiers in Psychology. "It's important because millions of people are prescribed...

2011-12-21 15:05:00

POINT RICHMOND, Calif., Dec. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Transcept Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: TSPT) announced today that it has received a $10 million milestone payment from Purdue Pharma L.P. in connection with the listing of Intermezzo formulation patents in the FDA Orange Book on December 15, 2011. The milestone payment was made under the terms of the agreement between Purdue and Transcept for the commercialization of Intermezzo in the United States. Purdue plans to launch...

2011-07-19 16:12:39

Patients who use anti-depressants are much more likely to suffer relapses of major depression than those who use no medication at all, concludes a McMaster researcher. In a paper that is likely to ignite new controversy in the hotly debated field of depression and medication, evolutionary psychologist Paul Andrews concludes that patients who have used anti-depressant medications can be nearly twice as susceptible to future episodes of major depression. Andrews, an assistant professor in the...

2011-06-24 12:46:41

A side effect of many commonly used drugs appears to increase the risks of both cognitive impairment and death in older people, according to new research led by the University of East Anglia (UEA). As part of the Medical Research Council's Cognitive Function and Ageing Studies (CFAS) project, the study is the first systematic investigation into the long term health impacts of 'anticholinergic activity' "“ a known potential side effect of many prescription and over the counter drugs...

2011-04-26 23:36:57

Approximately 27,500 people died from unintentional drug overdoses in 2007, driven to a large extent by prescription opioid overdoses. This is 4.6 times as many deaths as all U.S. fatalities in both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. Unintentional overdose deaths in teens and adults have reached epidemic proportions in the U.S. In some 20 states in 2007 the number of unintentional drug poisoning deaths exceeded either motor vehicle crashes or suicides, two...

2011-04-06 10:36:00

MALIBU, Calif., April 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Cliffside Malibu, one of America's leading drug and alcohol treatment centers, is strongly urging its patients who are currently taking antidepressants not to stop, despite a new study and subsequent media reports that such drugs could raise the risk of heart attack or stroke in middle-age men taking the medications. Cliffside is using e-mail, phone calls and face-to-face therapy sessions to encourage its patients who rely on those medications...

2010-12-29 09:30:00

UPPER NYACK, N.Y., Dec. 29, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- At New Year's Eve parties in homes around the country, party guests with drug dependencies will be scavenging through medicine cabinets looking for narcotics, anti-depressants, anti-psychotics, and anti-anxiety medications when they make seemingly innocent trips to the bathroom, says Louis Tharp, executive director of the Global Healthy Living Foundation, a patient advocacy non-profit organization. (Photo:...

2010-12-01 12:35:42

Research that followed nearly 15,000 people in Scotland has shown that a class of older generation anti-depressant is linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). The study showed that tricyclic anti-depressants were associated with a 35% increased risk of CVD, but that there was no increased risk with the newer anti-depressants such as the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). The study is published online today (Wednesday 1 December) in the European Heart Journal...

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2010-05-04 06:54:12

A study released on Monday shows that there are no varying suicidal tendencies in adults who take different types of anti-depressants. Researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School said that there was no "clinically meaningful difference in risk among individuals taking different classes of medications." "Our finding of equal event rates across anti-depressant agents supports the US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) decision to treat all anti-depressants alike...