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The below congressional report shows how pharmaceutical company salespeople lied to docs about the safety and effectiveness of opioids to make drug sales. In my personal experience as a mental health counselor, I’ve heard various claims from patients about what their docs told them about the psychopharms they were prescribed. Obvious untruths. Antidepressants do not balance bad brain chemistry. They inhibit feeling emotion. Period. If you can’t feel emotion, you don’t feel so sad. That’s great. But you can’t feel glad either. They also inhibit the psychotherapeutic process so it’s hard to get truly well. When you decide to stop taking the antidepressant, your old crappy emotions come roaring back worse than ever. Now’s the time for counseling, so you really can make progress toward a healthier, happier life.—MR

McCaskill Opioid Investigation Releases First Report Detailing Systemic Manipulation of Prior Authorization Process by Insys Therapeutics

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, the top-ranking Democrat on the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, today released the first product of her wide-ranging investigation into opioid manufacturers and distributors. “Fueling an Epidemic: Insys Therapeutics and the Systemic Manipulation of Prior Authorization” describes the emphasis Insys Therapeutics put on boosting approvals for its highly addictive fentanyl drug Subsys, even for inappropriate, off-label uses, and details an audio recording in which an Insys sales representative misidentifies herself and uses language designed to circumvent the prior authorization process.

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