One might as well be talking gibberish, since Latuda does not make any sense. Unless you consider that it makes a lot of cents.
We recently saw a commercial on TV for Latuda (generic name lurasidone HCL), lauding its use for bipolar depression.
It’s another psychiatric drug, originally promoted for the symptoms called schizophrenia, and lately for bipolar depression. It’s similar to risperidone or olanzapine, an atypical anti-psychotic drug that alters the levels of serotonin and dopamine in the brain. The chemical class is called “benzisothiazol derivative.”
It was developed by Sumitomo Dainippan Pharma and marketed in the U.S. by Sunovian Pharmaceuticals.
The Latuda manufacturer’s website has this to say about it, “It’s not known exactly how Latuda works, and the precise way antipsychotics work is also unknown.”
Manufacturer warnings include, “Increased mortality rate in elderly patients … and suicidal thoughts and behaviors.”
867 other drugs are known to interact with it.
The side effects are similar to all other antipsychotics, and could be increased in intensity if the user drinks grapefruit juice with it.
An average dose is estimated to cost about $5,000 per year.
It was not tested in published clinical trials lasting longer than 6 weeks; and one of its trials failed to show any improvement at all.
At this point, it is definitely looking more like banana-fana than anything else. One might as well eat some bananas instead, it would be a whole lot healthier and likely just as effective.
We’re making fun of the psych drug, not the symptoms. People certainly can have mental trauma for which they might need help. We’re just saying, the psych drug is not help; it is, rather, harm.
Psychiatry is a harmful pseudo-science; they know it, they admit it. Don’t swallow it.
Antidepressants kill over 500.000 people annually. Click link to play YouTube video (4 minutes). A new study shows psychiatric drugs kill over half a million Americans and Europeans every year who are over 65. Professor Peter Gøtzsche claims efficacy trials underestimate the harmful effects of antidepressants, which in fact cause up to 15 time more suicides than reported by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Huffington Post Admits Mental Disorders Are Not Medical Conditions
A leading psychiatrist featured in the Huffington Post just admitted what CCHR has said for decades — mental disorders are not medical conditions.
Allen Frances, professor emeritus at Duke University and chairman of the DSM-IV task force, had this to say, “Those of us who worked on DSM IV learned first-hand and painfully the limitations of the written word and how it can be tortured and twisted in damaging daily usage, especially when there is a profit to be had. … ‘Mental illness’ is terribly misleading because the ‘mental disorders’ we diagnose are no more than descriptions of what clinicians observe people do or say, not at all well established diseases.”
“Slowly, ever so slowly, the scientific community finally is acknowledging what the Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), a mental health watchdog, has been exposing since 1969—that psychiatric disorders are not verifiable medical conditions, that the diagnosis is based solely on a checklist of behaviors, and that the drug ‘treatments’ have serious, life-threatening effects.”
While the number of psychiatrists worldwide declined 15% between 2005 and 2011, the number of psychiatrists in the U.S. rose 180% from 1975 to 2012. The global sales of antidepressants and antipsychotics rose 3% from 2006 to 2013; while the U.S. sales of these harmful drugs increased 5% from 2006 to 2012. U.S. sales of ADHD drugs rose 197% from 2006 to 2012. In 2011, 100,000 people in the U.S. were electro-shocked. In 2014, the U.S. Veterans Administration mental health budget was nearly $7 Billion.
It isn’t over. The total number of children and adults taking ADHD drugs rose from 6.7 million in 2006 to 10.2 million in 2013. The total number of Americans on all psychiatric drugs rose 19% from 2005 to 2013.
We’re effectively destroying an entire generation with harmful and addictive psychotropic drugs.
Contact your local, state and federal officials and representatives, and let them know what you think about this. Find Out! Fight Back!
Missouri’s budget for the coming year is contained in a series of House Bills (HBs), passed by the end of the legislative session and forwarded to Governor Nixon for his approval.
Missouri State Senator David Sater (Republican-District 29) had this to say in the Branson Tri-Lakes News on May 6, 2015: “This budget will also begin to contain the ever-growing Departments of Mental Health, Health and Senior Services and Social Services in HBs 10 and 11. These departments spend huge a portion of the state budget and have done so uncontrollably and unsupervised for years, and they continue to ask for more money year after year. Almost every extra dollar in revenue we have goes to HBs 10 and 11 and there is nothing left over to fulfill our commitments to educating our kids or ensuring we have safe roads and infrastructure.”
The Department of Mental Health has a budget for the coming year of $1,836,521,148. Health and Senior Services budget is $1,253,241,755; the Department of Social Services budget is $8,609,187,275.
While the legislative session is over for the year, it is important for all Missouri citizens to make their viewpoints known to their state representatives and senators, and to express their concern over the out-of-control Department of Mental Health budget. And thank Senator Sater for his understanding.
We think it is time for the Missouri legislature to call psychiatry and psychology for what it is — A failed pseudo science with no basis in fact, a pseudo science that harms its recipients and lines the pocketbooks of its practitioners.
Giving more tax dollars to the Department of Mental Health merely perpetuates the cycle of state tax largesse. Curtailing and cutting the budget will force the Department of Mental Health to reduce their costs, thereby forcing useless and unnecessary state institutions either to improve their services or close shop.
A budget cut will force the Department of Mental Health to re-evaluate all citizens held in state custody and thus force the Department to recommend release of those who are no longer deemed a threat to the body politic thus saving the state more money. It is an obvious fact that the more patients, residents and clients the Department must care for, the more tax money they can ask for.
Those citizens who are no longer deemed a threat need to be unconditionally released. This will allow these citizens to return to their families and to make the readjustment back into a tax paying citizen.
Increasing the Department of Mental Health’s budget covers expensive, addictive and harmful psychiatric drugs as necessary medical costs. For example, to date there have been 72 warnings against antipsychotics issued by regulators in eight countries.
The state is not primarily responsible for a person’s entire life, thus the Department of Mental Health is not responsible for a citizen’s entire life. Some citizens need to be cared for but the primary responsibility lies first with the individual, then his family, then his religious affiliation, then the state government and finally the federal government.
The Department of Mental Health is an easy place to cut spending in the long, difficult effort to save our health-care system, as the citizens of this state have long used the Department of Mental health as an emergency health care provider. The unprecedented use of Missouri’s Mental Health psychiatric facilities as emergency health care has hidden a long overlooked problem that the state’s poorer citizens are enduring.
It may be time to consider the idea of folding the Department of Mental Health into the Department of Health and Senior Services; to restructure the Department of Mental Health and allow the new system to provide emergency medical services to this state’s poorer citizens.
The Department of Mental Health’s motto should be “We care for those who cannot care for themselves”; not “We want to care for all”. The currently available psychiatric “treatments” are not care, they are fraudulent and abusive.
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