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Monthly Archives: April 2008

$6.7 million verdict in Risperdal TD case

  On May 26, 2000, a jury in the circuit court of Philadelphia awarded $6.7 million to a patient afflicted with tardive dyskinesia caused by the neuroleptic (“antipsychotic”) drug Risperdal (generic name, risperidone).  In Liss vs. Doeff, the jury found the psychiatrist negligent in his treatment of Mrs. Elizabeth Liss.  The case is among the […]

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$1.6 million TD verdict

$1.6 Million Tardive Dyskinesia Malpractice Verdict in October 2005   On October 14, 2005 a Virginia jury delivered a $1.6 million verdict in a tardive dyskinesia (TD) malpractice suit brought by Sylvia Jones against her internist Jeffery Alan Margolis.  The amount was especially large considering the small town setting of Tappahannock in eastern Virginia. Also, the […]

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$1.6 million TD verdict

  When she was twenty-one years old in 1982, Sylvia became anxious and depressed over events in her life. Her internist at the time placed her on Triavil, a combination of the neuroleptic perphenazine (Trilafon) and the antidepressant amitriptyline (Elavil). Although most of her symptoms of anxiety cleared up over the years, her internist maintained […]

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$7.5 Million Jury Award in Psychosurgery Malpractice Case

Peter R. Breggin M.D. testified in case On June 10, 2002, a jury unanimously found the Cleveland Clinic negligent in causing permanent, disabling brain damage to a woman by performing experimental psychosurgery on her without informed consent.  Psychosurgery is the destruction of normal brain tissue for the purpose of treating psychiatric disorders or for the […]

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Benzos: Chapter from “Brain-Disabling Treatments in Psychiatry”

The following material is excerpted and revised from Brain-Disabling Treatments in Psychiatry, by Peter R. Breggin, M.D. (Springer Publishing Co. 1997, 2008). Presented here with the permission of Springer Publishing Company, 536 Broadway, New York, NY 10012-3955. Review of Behavioral Effects of Benzodiazepines With an Appendix on Drawing Scientific Conclusions from the FDA’s Spontaneous Reporting […]

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Campaign Against Racist Federal Programs

 Originally published in Journal of African American Men 1:No. 3, 3-22. Winter 1995/96   Campaigns Against Racist Federal Programs by the Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology by Peter R. Breggin, M.D.     The Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology was founded in the early 1970s to organize my international […]

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School calls child services on parents who take child off of Ritalin

(Reprinted with permission of the Times Union of Albany, New York)  Ritalin use splits parents, school By RICK KARLIN , Staff writer Times Union, Albany, NY Sunday, May 7, 2000 Berne — District marks parents as alleged child abusers for wanting to take their 7-year-old son off the medication Like thousands of children, 7-year-old Kyle […]

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Dr. Breggin Testifies Before US Congress Re: Ritalin and ADHD

Peter R. Breggin M.D. Testimony September 29, 2000 Before the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Committee on Education and the Workforce U.S. House of Representatives I appear today as Director of the International Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology (ICSPP), and also on my own behalf as a practicing psychiatrist and a parent. […]

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