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GlaxoSmithKline Pays out big on Paxil... ...Again!


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October 5, 2008

The Wall Street Journal's Health Blog is reporting GlaxoSmithKline is paying out another 40 million in ongoing litigation regarding the antidepressant, Paxil.

GlaxoSmithKline is shelling out another $40 million to deal with the fallout over the use of its antidepressant Paxil in kids. This time, the money is going to insurers who paid for the drug to be used in children and adolescents.

A class-action lawsuit argued that Glaxo had promoted the drug for use in children, while withholding evidence that the drug was neither safe nor effective in kids. Glaxo denied those charges and told the WSJ it settled to "avoid the costs, burdens and uncertainties of ongoing litigation."

Alice on 04.25.14 @ 03:38 PM CST [link] [No Comments]


Complicated Grief Just Got More Complicated




October 6, 2008

Newsweek’s online edition carried an interesting story recently on new research focusing on complicated grief. According to Newsweek:


In a paper in the journal Neuroimage, O’Connor and her colleagues describe using an fMRI machine to probe the neurological basis for complicated grief among a small sample of women who had lost a close relative to breast cancer. Ordinary grief is apparent on a brain scan: show a bereaved daughter a picture of her mother, and areas of the brain that process emotional pain are activated. The women with complicated grief showed that pattern, but something else as well: activity in the nucleus accumbens, a brain region associated with pleasure, rewards and addiction. “When the women came out of the scanner, the complicated-grief group rated themselves as feeling more negative than the others,” O’Connor said. “But they also said things like, ‘Oh, it was so nice to see my mom again.’ These are the ones who pore over picture albums, talk about the person all the time, almost as if she was still here.” The women in that situation were unconsciously prolonging their grief, she concluded, because memories of the person they missed gave them pleasure"as well as pain.

Interesting, but it causes one to wonder… As practicing clinicians what are we to do to treat these patients? Do we encourage them not to look at pictures, etc, or do we encourage it. Perhaps further studies will give us some direction, but the basic research provided here gives a good explaination of what is going on with these grief stricken individuals.

Alice on 04.25.14 @ 03:34 PM CST [link] [No Comments]


Professional Licensing Board Changes Notice Procedures





We were recently made aware the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency (PLA) was notifying current licensees of the need to renew their licenses via email. While the PLA is to be congratulated for attempting to save money on postage (they used to mail the reminders), they apparently did not realize many people changed email addresses over the two year license period. End result… some people did not receive the notice and their licenses expired. As of the time of this post, they are allowing people to still renew their licenses, but there is an additional fifty dollar fee. Some people are reporting they received a mailed notice of this policy change, while others are being caught unaware. My advice? Check your license status ASAP and renew if you are expired.

Alice on 04.25.14 @ 03:25 PM CST [more..] [No Comments]



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