Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Fire that psychiatrist!

Rajiv Tandon,  Chief Psychiatrist, State of Florida,  needs to be fired as an employee of the State.   Check out the story in the St. Pete Times and then write a letter.  Tandon received undisclosed amounts of money from every atypical antipsychotic maker. As the "Chief Psychiatrist" Tandon  invited only those psychiatrists  who had been funded by atypical antipsychotic makers to a meeting where it was decided which antipsychotics to use in Florida. He neglected to invite anyone such as Yale professor, Dr. Robert Rosenheck, who said "There was never any evidence that warranted the amount of money we spend on atypicals," he said. "If you look at it independently, it is very clear the results say there is no benefit'' to atypicals (newer antipsychotics) over typicals. (older antipsychotics)  The cost to Florida taxpayers for these new atypical antipsychotic drugs over the last 5 years?  $1.1 BILLION. These "new" antipsychotics at $8 per pill are no more "effective" than the older antipsychotic drugs such as Haldol and Thorazine at 5 cents per pill  and have just as many horrendous side effects. 
Fire that Psychiatrist!
1. Send your letter to the editor:
2 Then send the message to Florida Governor Charlie Crist:   and cc  Bob Butterworth , Secretary of  
the Florida Department of Children and Families.  

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