Sunday, September 22, 2013

Professor David Healy writes

Dear Jack:
Here's a recap of blog posts and other news from the past month.

Many thanks to our thousands of supporters around the globe who have signed a drug safety petition asking AbbVie and Intermune to drop their legal actions preventing public access to data on the adverse effects of prescription drugs.

The petition is now in nine languages (English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Chinese, Hindi, Kannada, and Dutch), with nine more to come (Russian, Telegu, Japanese, Serbian, Swedish, Punjabi, Turkish, Ibo, Yoruba, and Welsh).

One of our goals is to get signatures from every country. We are at 65 of 187 countries so far. We need your help - especially with Africa, South East Asia, and the Middle East. Click here to view and sign the petition.

The news that Washington Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis had been prescribed Trazodone re-emphasizes the adverse effects all prescription drugs can have and why it is so inappropriate for companies to hide effects that might have contributed to this and other tragedies.

This is one of the reasons we created the RxISK Violence Zone. Our database now offers you free access to more than 4.7 million reports of suspected adverse drug events - as reported to the FDA, Health Canada, and directly to the RxISK website itself - covering more than 17.4 million suspected side effects.

Click here to see reported effects on Trazodone and the kinds of violence-related effects that may be linked to its use.

Click here to see a post, Shooters on Prescription Drugs, which ties together various resources on and

Thank you for your support. 
Your feedback, as always, is greatly appreciated.
David Healy Signature (First Name) 

David Healy, MD

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