Friday, January 29, 2010

New Video- Green Mental Health Care:The Alternative to Toxic Psychiatric Drugs

 
New Video from CCHR International:

Green Mental Health Care: The Alternative to Toxic Psychiatric Drugs

Psychiatry's solution to life's problems is the administration of toxic drugs which according to the FDA can cause mania, worsening depression, anxiety, delusions, seizures, liver failure, suicide, mania, heart attack, stroke, fatal blood clots, sudden death, diabetes and much more. Green Mental Health Care is a non-toxic, non-addictive and non-invasive approach to mental health which focuses on workable medical, not psychiatric, solutions that have better patient outcomes and are not harmful or toxic to those seeking help.
Featuring nutritional biochemist Genita Petralli
"My life is dedicated to reclaiming lives from psychiatric drugs and exposing psychiatry for what it is; a gang of white collar drug pushers robbing our society of every resource that supports it right down to our future; the children. To sit on the sidelines and do nothing while I watch people suffer from the effects of psychiatric drugs is not an option."
Genita Petralli

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Monday, January 25, 2010

Another psych having sex with a patient...

State suspends psychologist accused of having sex with patient

Tampa Tribune

January 25, 2010

http://www2.tbo.com/content/2010/jan/25/state-suspends-tampa-psychologist-accused-having-s/ 

 

 

Psychologist Suspended for Sexual Misconduct With Lakeland Patient

Lakeland Ledger

Monday, January 25, 2010

http://www.theledger.com/article/20100125/NEWS/100129822/1410?Title=Psychologist-Suspended-for-Sexual-Misconduct-With-Lakeland-Patient  

 

Tampa psychologist loses license after state says he had sex with a patient

St. Petersburg Times, Jan 25, 2010

http://www.tampabay.com/news/health/medicine/tampa-psychologist-loses-license-after-state-says-he-had-sex-with-a-patient/1068029 

 

 

http://820wwba.com/local_news.php Tampa Psychologist Has License Suspended for Having Sex with Patient, NewsTalk 820

 

Thursday, January 21, 2010

U.S. Senator on Massachusetts Shrinks

See U.S. Senator Grassley's letter investigating the National Institute of Mental Health

here: http://www.finance.senate.gov/press/Gpress/2010/prg012010b.pdf

 

It mentions:

 

"Three psychiatrists at Harvard University failed to report almost a million dollars each in outside income while heading up several NIH grants. Harvard plans to release a report on the matter."

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/03/28/health/policy/28subpoena.html

The New York Times

March 28, 2009

3 Researchers At Harvard Are Named In Subpoena

By GARDINER HARRIS

Federal prosecutors have issued a subpoena seeking information about the work and statements of three prominent Harvard researchers who have been the focus of a Congressional investigation into conflicts of interest in medicine.

The researchers -- Drs. Joseph Biederman, Thomas Spencer and Timothy E. Wilens -- are named in the subpoena, which was sent on Wednesday to Fletch Trammel, a lawyer who represents state attorneys general in lawsuits that claim makers of antipsychotic drugs defrauded state Medicaid programs by improperly marketing their medicines.

 

Monday, January 18, 2010

Florida Doctor Writes 1000 Scripts/Week

 

http://www.healthnewsflorida.org/index.cfm/go/public.articleView/article/15742

 

Health News Florida

Doctor writes 1,000 scripts/week

By Carol Gentry
1/15/2010

Since 2004, a Miami psychiatrist has prescribed almost 14 million pills to Medicaid patients at a cost to taxpayers of $43 million, a state agency says.

Fernando Mendez Villamil would have had to issue 4,000 prescriptions a month, or 1,000 a week, to keep up that pace, according to the data released by the Agency for Health Care Administration. Altogether in the six years from 2004-09, he issued nearly 285,000 prescriptions, including refills, AHCA showed.

Mendez Villamil's status as the most prolific prescriber in the state was already known, based on a report released in December of the period 2007-09. But that period was mild compared to the years before, the new data show, and a timeline suggests that the prescribing slowed down markedly after the state began implementing computer tracking and other controls.

His highest-prescribing year in the period studied was 2004, when he issued about 62,400 prescriptions that cost Medicaid $12.2 million, according to the chart. (The AHCA chart counts a refill as a prescription.)

Sen. Don Gaetz, chairman of the health regulation committee, said Mendez Villamil "appears to be taking advantage of the taxpayers of Florida and draining money away from legitimate patients. He should be the poster boy for tougher enforcement actions."



 

 

 

 

Miami Psychiatrist "Poster Boy for legislative inquiry"

 

http://www.miamiherald.com/business/v-fullstory/story/1428212.html

 

Miami Herald

HEALTHCARE | DR. FERNANDO MENDEZ-VILLAMIL

Miami psychiatrist defends his record over prescriptions

A state senator said a Miami psychiatrist `should be a poster boy' for tougher enforcement, while the doctor says he's been unfairly targeted

January 16, 2010

By John Dorschner

A Miami psychiatrist who wrote 284,908 prescriptions over the past six years has cost Florida taxpayers $43 million, and a state senator said Friday that ``he should be a poster boy'' for a legislative inquiry into whether ``tougher enforcement provisions are needed.''

The practices of Fernando Mendez-Villamil, who has an office on Coral Way, came to light last month when Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, complained about him to federal authorities for writing prescriptions at a rate of 150 a day, seven days a week. Grassley, like many in Congress, is concerned about reducing America's high healthcare costs to reform the system.

The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration has released data showing that those prescription-writing practices were expensive, too -- since the patients had Medicaid, the state-federal insurance for the poor.

State Sen. Don Gaetz, R-Destin, chairman of the Senate healthcare committee, told The Miami Herald on Friday that the Legislature has ``a tough law already on the books'' that requires state regulators to investigate outliers like Mendez-Villamil, who writes twice as many anti-psychotic drugs as any other doctor in the state. But his case may mean the law needs to be tougher.

Mendez-Villamil prepared a lengthy response to Grassley, defending his record. He said he is a dedicated doctor helping many poor patients, often working 11 or 12 hours a day, six days a week.

``I may be an oddity as a physician because I do not play golf, I do not have a boat and I seldom leave my practice for extended vacations,'' Mendez-Villamil wrote in the letter provided to The Miami Herald by a publicist. ``That is not to solicit sympathy or to appear `noble.' I am simply committed to my patients, profession and enjoy what I do and do not seek distractions.''

Mendez-Villamil also disputed earlier Herald stories, which said that he was under investigation by state regulators and that Medicare, the federal program for the elderly and disabled, had stopped paying his claims because of the investigation.

``The information received from this agency [AHCA] advised that I am not under any sort of investigation,'' Mendez wrote in a letter dated Monday, Jan. 11.

However, AHCA on Friday forwarded The Herald a letter sent Thursday to Robert Pelier, the doctor's lawyer, stating ``an agency investigation is underway.''

Pelier told The Herald on Friday that AHCA was sending out mixed signals. He pointed to the first Herald story on the doctor, published Dec. 17, in which an AHCA spokeswoman said the high prescription rate does not ``indicate that there is anything improper regarding his prescribing.''

A day later, the state told The Herald there was indeed an investigation.

Mendez also wrote: ``I was very surprised to read in The Miami Herald [in a Dec. 18 story] that Medicare had supposedly stopped payment for my services; and I am very pleased to confirm with Medicare officials that this was NOT true.''

Pelier, Mendez's lawyer, said Friday that the doctor as late as Dec. 21 had received a Medicare payment.

Medicare spokesman Peter Ashkenaz said Friday, ``When I said he wasn't being paid back in December it was because we were reviewing all of his claims. It's likely that he received a Medicare payment, but nonetheless, we are continuing to review all of his claims because he has not been excluded from Medicare by the OIG,'' the Office of the Inspector General.

The Mendez-Villamil case comes at a time when reformers are seeking to reduce the nation's healthcare costs, which are twice as much per capita as in European countries. Reformers believe these costs can be reduced without affecting quality of care.

Grassley has pressured the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which provides Medicare and Medicaid funding, for an explanation on how one doctor could write so many prescriptions. So far, HHS has yet to respond to the senator.

On the state level, Sen. Gaetz said he has long been concerned with Medicaid expenditure patterns that seem to make no sense -- such as the average Miami patient getting five times as many home healthcare visits as a similar patient in Ocala.

Gaetz said he views the Mendez-Villamil case as a way of revealing whether the present law is adequate of if it's an ``enforcement problem and the state agencies are not doing enough.''

If the law needs tightening, ``then we will tighten the screws as many times as necessary'' because ``providers like him should not be draining money out of the pockets of taxpayers,'' Gaetz said.

Pelier, the attorney, said that the state was wrongly preoccupied with saving money on the atypical anti-psychotics, which can cost more than $800 for a month's supply per patient. He said that only 1 percent of the doctor's patients are hospitalized. If they weren't taking the drugs and ended up in the Jackson psych ward, for example, the cost to taxpayers would be far higher.

State records indicate that Mendez-Villamil was paid $46,238 by Medicaid to see patients in 2007 and $31,735 in 2008. He received $14,579 in the first quarter of 2009, but then payments dropped down to $3,472 in the third quarter.

``I want you to know that I take very good care of my patients,''' the doctor said in his letter. ``My top priority is to improve their conditions. In more then 10 years of practice I have worked with thousands of afflicted individuals.''

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