Posts Tagged 'British Medical Journal'

Doctor argues SSRI antidepressants are being overprescribed

A doctor’s essay published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) argues that antidepressants in a class known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are being overprescribed. Some of the most-prescribed SSRI antidepressants include Zoloft, Paxil, Celexa and Lexapro.

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International health agencies criticized for response to faulty hip implants

A joint investigation by the British Medical Journal (BMJ) and the Daily Telegraph revealed several international health agencies may be more interested in products than safety when it comes to faulty metal-on-metal hip implants. The investigation occurred as a response to the 2012 recall of the DePuy ASR hip replacement, which was found to fail at a rate much higher than expected.

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Actos doubles bladder cancer risk, British study finds

A new study has confirmed that the diabetes medication Actos doubles the risk of developing bladder cancer among people who use the drug for at least two years. The Canadian study was published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) and included more than 115,000 diabetes patients that were treated between 1988 and 2009.

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Study says antipsychotic drugs should be avoided in elderly

Some antipsychotic medication may increase the risk of death in patients with dementia more than others, according to US research. A study (PDF), published on the BMJ website, argued that antipsychotics should not be used “in the absence of clear need”. Researchers in the study examined the safety of the drugs Abilify, Geodon, Haldol, Zyprexa, Risperdal and Seroquel.

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Antidepressants linked to increased risk of PPHN, study finds

A new study published in the British Medical Journal has found that women who use selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) during pregnancy are more likely to give birth to a child with persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN) than non-users. SSRIs are a class of antidepressants that includes the drugs Prozac, Celexa, Paxil, Zoloft and Lexapro.

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Paxil side effects data underreported in clinical trials

A report in the British Medical Journal has found that pharmaceutical companies such as British drug giant GlaxoSmithKline underreported findings from studies of their drugs. The report cited studies of the antidepressant Paxil, which contained important side effect information that largely went unreported.

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UK experts: Drug studies being suppressed by researchers, could hurt patients

A British medical journal says a worrying number of drug studies are being suppressed by researchers and that the lack of public data could threaten patient safety. Previous studies have found one quarter to one half of clinical trials are unpublished for various reasons, including companies sitting on information that could hurt sales.

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